RCMP urg­ing cit­i­zens not to fall for CRA scams

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Kings County - Kings District RCMP is re­mind­ing cit­i­zens to be wary of any tele­phone calls or e-mails they re­ceive from in­di­vid­u­als claim­ing to be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA).

Dur­ing the last few days, Kings District RCMP have been re­ceiv­ing an in­creased num­ber of com­plaints of fraud­sters at­tempt­ing to scam peo­ple out of their money by claim­ing to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the CRA.

Re­cent scams in­volve tele­phone calls us­ing threat­en­ing or co­er­cive lan­guage to scare in­di­vid­u­als, then vic­tims are di­rected to buy large quan­ti­ties of itunes cards and give the caller the ac­ti­va­tion codes.

The CRA would never ask for pay­ment by itunes cards. When the ac­tual CRA calls you, it has es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures in place to make sure your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion is pro­tected. If you want to con­firm the au­then­tic­ity of a CRA tele­phone num­ber, call the CRA by us­ing the num­bers listed on their web­site at www. cra.gc.ca.

If you are re­ceiv­ing sus­pi­cious e-mails or tele­phone calls, hang up and re­port it im­me­di­ately to the Canadian Anti-fraud Cen­tre by call­ing 1-888-495-8501 or on­line at http://www.an­tifraud­cen­tre-cen­tre­an­tifraude.ca/ re­port­in­ci­dent-sig­na­ler­in­ci­dent/ in­dex-eng.htm.

Never dis­close per­sonal or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion to some­one you don’t trust.

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