SDG — Those fake CRA callers are still pestering Canadians, with the SD&G OPP fielding several complaints Feb. 17-18 about the telephone scammers contacting residents of the area.
In the all-too-familiar ploy, the fraudster on the other end of the line claims to be an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency.
In this week’s first reported instance, the caller requested personal information after advising the local individual that their social insurance number had been compromised.
In the second, the caller demanded personal information and threatened the individual with arrest by the CRA at their residence.
The third incident involved a claim that the victim’s SIN card was used to commit several crimes, with the scammer telling the victim they were responsible to pay back the stolen funds.
The detachment reports that none of the victims complied with the demands of these well known con artists.
So pervasive have such calls been in recent years, Canadian telecommunications companies were ordered by the CRTC to implement technology blocking them. The RCMP and authorities in India jointly busted a number of these criminal operators a couple of years ago as well.
And yet the calls still come.
The situation has prompted the SD&G OPP to issue a reminder to “be aware that there are dishonest people out there who want to take your money or steal your identity. Persons receiving a call from an officer or enforcement agency can request a face-to-face meeting or tell the caller that they will contact their local detachment or service to continue the conversation. Do not provide your social insurance number, bank account number or other personal information over the phone.”
The detachment also offers the following warning signs:
• Urgency — The fraudsters always make the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.
• Request for Money Transfer — Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own bank institution.
• The request of payment using gift cards — The fraudster will tell the victim to purchase various types of gift cards (iTunes, Google Play, Steam, Walmart) and then text them pictures of the card numbers.
If you have shared personal information or banking details with scammers, contact your financial institution immediately to place alerts on your account. If you have been defrauded, report it to the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For further information or to report a fraud online, visit: www.antifraudcentre-