The calls keep coming. And where for a time the caller was almost always male, now sometimes a female voice is heard on the other end of the phone.
The Saskatchewan media relations office for the RCMP quoted one of the calls in a release issued Sept. 17: “This is Officer Brandon Walters and I am working with CRA Tax Crime Division. Now if you fail to return the call…I can only wish you good luck as the situation unfolds on you.”
The release went on to say, “The voice is convincing and forceful, but the call is a fraud. Similar fraudulent calls are making their way across Saskatchewan and threatening arrest of those victims that engage in conversation.”
Locally, the Unity RCMP reported Sept. 24 that they have been receiving an recent influx of complaints regarding the same telephone scam. The caller pretends to represent the Canada Revenue Agency and tells the homeowner there are warrants out for their arrest and, if they don’t make immediate payment, the RCMP will be coming to arrest them.
In many reported incidents the caller spoke English with an accent. The calls are all believed to originate outside of Canada. The RCMP are advising callers to tell the caller they are reporting the call to the RCMP and then hang up on them.
In particular, RCMP warn residents to not share any personal information with the caller about banking, date of birth or living circumstances.
For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue Web page at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html.