Kamloops RCMP issues scam alert

By Greg Fry
September 29, 2017 - 11:59am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops residents beware, another Canada Revenue Agency scam is making the rounds.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the fraudulent callers are claiming that the recipient is evading tax payments and could be arrested.

"However, some of the scammers have personal information about the victim, making them sound more convincing as a real employee of the CRA."

Earlier this month, Shelkie says a victim was called at her workplace by a CRA fraudster who likely had some stolen information about her.

The caller asked the victim to make money order payments from a local post office and when the caller did not complete all payments, the scammer phoned back from masked numbers such as '911.'

Shelkie says the victim is out approximately $3,000. If you receive such a call, she urges you to "immediately hang up."

"Don't engage with them. Look up their number on your own and discuss it with your family to ensure it's legitimate."

If you've been scammed, Shelkie suggests you contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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