Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scams are still popping up, even into the summer months.
A caller will usually leave a voicemail asking victims to pay for an owing tax balace with a credit card, pre-paid credit card or gift card. These messages sometimes threaten arrest.
"We're telling people with regards to the CRA scam, the Canada Revenue Agency will not call you on your telephone, they will contact you by mail," said Chantelle Kelly from the RCMP.
Some guidlines for safety:
- 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 follow 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
Area residents have also noitced a similar CRA scam through email or text.
The RCMP ask that any incidents be reported to your local police detachment.