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CRA telephone scam calls continuing

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.

SaskEnergy warning customers about scam phonecalls

SaskEnergy is warning its customers of a telemarketing scam occurring in various areas of the province.

SaskEnergy has received reports that individuals claiming to be from SaskEnergy are contacting customers threatening disconnection of their natural gas service unless a payment is made. The caller claimed to be a SaskEnergy representative.

The calls are reported to be coming from 1-800-983-1304 and the caller ID reads SaskEnergy (the name or number on your call display may vary).  The caller asks for a payment by prepaid debit or credit card.

This is not a SaskEnergy representative. While SaskEnergy does contact customers via phone from time to time, the corporation never requests payment information over the phone, and does not accept prepaid debit or credit cards.

Anyone who has received calls of this nature should report the call to Phonebusters (the Canadian Anti-fraud Call Centre) at 1-888-495-8501. If a customer has provided personal financial information, including bank account or credit card information, over the phone, they should report the matter to their local police, as well as immediately contact their financial institution.

If you have questions about your SaskEnergy bill, or are unsure if the person contacting you is from SaskEnergy, ask for the person’s name, and call SaskEnergy back at 1-800-567-8899 to verify the caller.

RCMP Report for Unity SK, April 29 to May 5, 2014

UNITY SK REPORTS, April 29 to May 5, 2014

Police received a complaint of fraud by email.

Members assisted other RCMP detachments and police services by serving two subpoenas to individuals in the area and taking fingerprints of an individual.

RCMP attended several grass fires in the Unity area that were believed to be started by trains.

There was a report of an abandoned vehicle east of Unity. The registered owner was located and asked to have it towed.

Police received a report of two sheds burning down at a rural residence. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

RCMP are investigating the report of a male fraudulently offering the sale of trees to rural residents.

Police attended a collision between a semi and a train by Landis. The driver of the semi had no injuries and was charged with failing to obey a stop signal at a railway crossing. See the May 12 issue of the Unity Wilke Press-Herald for photos and additional details.

RCMP are investigating a report of an individual failing to comply with his undertaking conditions.

Police issued a liquor ticket to a 23-year-old Unity male after he was causing a disturbance in public and fled from the scene on foot.

There was a report of threatening text messages. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP are investigating a fire that was set on the road in front of a residence in Unity.

There was also one traffic complaint and one false alarm.

Jason Lee Morgan, wanted for fraudUnity RCMP arrested Jason Lee Morgan, age 38 of the Kerrobert District, after he was caught by some Unity area residents who accused him of defrauding them by taking money to plant trees and not doing so. The Unity area residents used farm implements to prevent MORGAN from leaving their yard and called the RCMP. Morgan was wanted by the RCMP in Kerrobert for fraud under $5,000 and had warrants for his arrest from Watrous RCMP for break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, and obtaining food and lodgings fraudulently. Morgan is also facing criminal charges in Alberta. Unity RCMP are investigating Morgan’s business dealings in and around the Unity area and encourage anyone who may have provided him with money to contact the RCMP and provide details of the dealings to them. Please see the accompanying photograph of Morgan.