The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam.
 
Over the past week, they’ve gotten over twenty complaints of calls from a fake Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee.
 
Unfortunately, at least one local has fallen for the scam. The caller told the resident he owed money and if he didn’t pay, he would be arrested. The resident purchased $1,000 worth of prepaid gift cards and provided the information to the person over the phone.
 
Police in Fort Saskatchewan have given some guidelines:
- The CRA will not request payments by prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards.
- The RCMP will not make arrests for overdue CRA fines.
- The CRA will not leave personal information on an answering machine.
- Never give personal information through the Internet or by email.
- Be careful before you click on links in any email you receive. Some criminals may be using a technique known as phishing to steal your personal information when you click on the link.
- Protect your social insurance number. Don’t use it as a piece of ID and never show it to anyone unless you are certain the person asking for it is legally entitled to that information.
- Shred unwanted documents or store them in a secure place.
 
If you believe you may be the victim of fraud, have given personal or financial information unwillingly, contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Detachment at 780-992-6100.

 

 

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