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The McLeod River Post - - Edson RCMP report -

Strath­cona County RCMP con­tinue to warn res­i­dents of the Canada Rev­enue Agency scam.

On Thurs­day June 22, 2017 at ap­prox­i­mately 12:20 p.m. a fe­male re­ceived a phone call from a male iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer who worked for the Canada Rev­enue Agency. The male ad­vised that she owed the CRA money and to pay she must pur­chase pre­paid Visa cards and pro­vide the card num­ber. The fe­male pur­chased $5600 worth of pre­paid credit cards and pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion to the male over the phone.

On Thurs­day July 6, 2017 at ap­prox­i­mately 7:25 a.m. a fe­male re­ceived a phone call from a male iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as a Canada Rev­enue Agency em­ployee. The male ad­vised her that she owed the CRA money and the only way to pay was to pur­chase Itunes gift cards and pro­vide the code on the back of the card. The male stated she would go to jail if she did not pay im­me­di­ately. In the end the fe­male handed $3,000 in Itunes gift cards to the male over the phone.

On Fri­day Au­gust 11, 2017 a male re­ceived an email from what ap­peared to be the Canada Rev­enue Agency stat­ing there was a re­fund avail­able. The male clicked on the link and pro­vided his bank­ing in­for­ma­tion and so­cial in­sur­ance num­ber. The male im­me­di­ately re­al­ized it was a scam and con­tacted his bank and no money was lost.

Be aware of th­ese guide­lines to pre­vent be­ing a vic­tim of a CRA scam and other fi­nan­cial scams:

• The CRA will not re­quest pay­ments by pre­paid credit cards or Itunes gift cards.

• The CRA will not leave per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on an an­swer­ing ma­chine.

• Never pro­vide per­sonal in­for­ma­tion through the In­ter­net or by email. The CRA does not ask you to pro­vide per­sonal in­for­ma­tion by email.

• Be care­ful be­fore you click on links in any email you re­ceive. Some crim­i­nals may be us­ing a tech­nique known as phishing to steal your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion when you click on the link.

• Pro­tect your so­cial in­sur­ance num­ber. Don’t use it as a piece of ID and never re­veal it to any­one un­less you are cer­tain the per­son ask­ing for it is legally en­ti­tled to that in­for­ma­tion.

• Shred un­wanted doc­u­ments or store them in a se­cure place. Make sure that doc­u­ments with your name and SIN are se­cure.

For more in­for­ma­tion on scams con­tact the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre on­line at www. an­tifraud­cen­tre-cen­tre­an­ or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you be­lieve you may be the vic­tim of fraud or have given per­sonal or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion un­wit­tingly, con­tact the Strath­cona County RCMP De­tach­ment at 780-467-7741.

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