Call from the Canada Revenue Agency? NO -- it's a fraud. Just hang up.
The Trail RCMP want the public to be aware of a prolific phone scam currently targeting residents of Trail, Rossland, and the surrounding areas.
People are receiving phone calls from a male claiming to be “Shawn White from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)” who threatens police or court action unless the resident calls a 1-900 number to deal with the matter.
This is an attempt to have people call a pay-per-dial number and obtain their personal information for further frauds.
If you receive one of these fraudulent calls, do NOT call the 1-900 number. If you have concerns about the CRA, check your phone book for the legitimate phone number, or it can be obtained from the Canadian Government on-line website.
In some instances the fraudulent caller claims to be a local police officer – with call display showing the phone number of the local police agency – and threatens the call recipient with “arrest warrants” unless immediate payment to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is made.
This is an attempt to fraudulently obtain your credit card information, cash, or a money order.
If you receive one of these fraudulent calls, do NOT provide your credit card information, personal information, or any form of payment (cash, cheque, or money order). If you genuinely have concerns regarding an arrest warrant, contact your local police.
Cpl. Mike WILSON
Trail RCMP Detachment