Oceanside RCMP have fielded many calls from people reporting that they received suspicious calls and even voicemail from someone who claimed to work for the Canada Revenue Agency.
Police say that the complainants receive a notification by phone that they owe back taxes as the result of an audit.
The fraudster then claims that the payment must be made immediately or the RCMP will attend their home and arrest them.
The victim is further told that they must phone a certain telephone number without delay, asked for personal information and then told to wire money.
RCMP says nobody they’ve spoken to has fallen victim to these high pressure, fraud tactics but reminds the public that the CRA will not call and tell people that they owe back taxes, nor threaten anyone with arrest.
They advise people who receive those types of calls to hang up the phone.
The RCMP, in consultation with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, are investigating the incidents.
If you’ve been victimized by these scam artists, please call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 to report it.
If you received a call but were not victimized, please consider calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888-495-8501.