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Telephone scam makes you think the RCMP is calling

Halifax District RCMP have received over a dozen telephone calls today from concerned residents after they received telephone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The telephone rings and the person calling claims to be from CRA. They tell you that you owe money and if you don’t pay right away, they will issue a warrant for your arrest and send the RCMP. Fortunately, all recipients have hung up at this point and have not fallen for the scam. Some have reported that the telephone number provided by the scammer is that of the Lower Sackville RCMP Detachment.

“The RCMP will not be coming to arrest you,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Halifax District RCMP. “If you receive such a call, don’t provide any personal information and hang up.”

If you’re contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of the CRA and demanding information, remember that the CRA never asks for personal information in this manner. Hang up the phone and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report to your local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). “

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Source: Media Release

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