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Revenue agency phone scam reaches Trail/Rossland areas

Trail Champion
By Trail Champion
January 26th, 2016

The Trail RCMP want the public to be aware of a prolific phone scam currently targeting residents of Trail, Rossland, and the surrounding areas, according to Trail RCMP Cpl. Mike Wilson.

“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,” Wilson said.

“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, the legitimate phone number 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.”

The Trail RCMP non-emergency line is 250-364-2566.

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