Jasper RCMP warn pub­lic of phone scam

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

RCMP are ad­vis­ing Jasper res­i­dents of a newly re­ported tac­tic in tele­phone scams. A com­plaint was made to the Jasper RCMP yes­ter­day where a fraud­ster con­tacted the com­plainant and ad­vised they had an ar­rest war­rant for un­paid taxes. The fraud­ster dis­guised the phone num­ber as the Jasper RCMP non emer­gency num­ber and im­per­son­ated a po­lice of­fi­cer on the phone.

The Jasper RCMP wish to ad­vise the pub­lic that the Jasper non- emer­gency line of 780- 852- 4848 is never used as a call back line and has no as­so­ci­a­tion to Rev­enue Canada.

This scam is not new and it resur­faces ev­ery year. The rel­a­tively re­cent prac­tice of “call spoof­ing” over the in­ter­net has breathed new life into this crime by mak­ing the call dis­play of vic­tims falsely read ei­ther a lo­cal num­ber or the of­fi­cial num­ber of the Canada Rev­enue Agency or in this case an RCMP num­ber.

Here are a few safety tips to as­sist:

· No le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment agency or busi­ness will de­mand pay­ment in gif t cards or pre­paid credit cards. These meth­ods are used by crim­i­nals in or­der to hide their ac­tiv­i­ties from po­lice.

· If you re­ceive a call from some­one claim­ing you owe money, get as much in­for­ma­tion from them as pos­si­ble and tell them you will call them back. Find the gov­ern­ment agen­cies’ phone num­ber through a trusted source ( phone book, or of­fi­cial web­site) and call the de­part­ment back. Don’t trust the phone num­ber or email from the caller un­til you have ver­i­fied that they are who they say they are;

· Do not share any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion with the caller, such as con­firm­ing name, so­cial in­sur­ance num­ber, ad­dress, etc.…

The best pro­tec­tion from scam­mers is to learn how to re­sist be­ing pushed into a de­ci­sion re­gard­less of how per­sua­sive or ag­gres­sive the scam­mer may be. Arm your­self and the vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in your life by learn­ing how to rec­og­nize and pro­tect your­self from fraud at Canada’s Anti- Fraud Cen­tre web­site www. an­tifraud­cen­tre. ca and http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frd­prvntn/menu­eng.html.

Please re­port any at­tempts of this kind to the Anti- Fraud Cen­tre at 1- 888495- 8501 and the Jasper RCMP.

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