CORNWALL —Local RCMP warn that telephone scammers are posing as RCMP officers and demanding payment of alleged unpaid tax debts.
The fraudsters threaten victims with arrest and instruct them to send large sums of money via wire transfer. They use Caller ID spoofing to disguise their identity, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.
Be aware that these fraudsters may use a variety of other scam tactics designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.
The Cornwall detachment notes that the RCMP does not contact individuals via email or telephone in order to collect fines or taxes.
Those receiving such calls are advised to contact their local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or use the online reporting tool at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm.
Fraud: Recognize it. Report it. Stop it. — emphasizes the detachment.
Below, telephone fraudsters are certainly fond of scaring Canadians over their taxes. In a previous version of this scam, the lying manipulators have posed as Canada Revenue Agency officials. Nation Valley News returned one of their threatening calls and had a brief conversation with a scammers (play below).