RCMP Warn of Phone Scam in New Brunswick
The RCMP in New Brunswick is warning residents of a scam in which callers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency are demanding payment for overdue taxes.
The callers are aggressive and often threaten to come to the victim's house and arrest them if the money is not paid, the RCMP says. The callers speak with a foreign accent and insist the money be paid immediately either by credit card or via Western Union.
Some of the fraudsters are trying to appear legitimate by using a program that shows the CRA phone number on the victim's call display.
The RCMP is asking anyone who has been victimized by the scam, either by providing personal information or otherwise cooperating with the callers, to report the crime to their local police. If you have not been victimized, there is no need to contact police but you can report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
The Canadian Revenue Agency is aware of this scam and provided information on how you can protect yourself in this news release.