Phone scammers at work in northwestern B.C.

Some scammers even claim to be from local police detachment

  • Sat Jan 30th, 2016 7:00am
  • News

SCAMMERS trying to obtain money over the phone are busy in the region.

This time the warning comes from New Hazelton RCMP where the detachment reports that callers claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency say they have an arrest warrant due to an outstanding tax balance. They demand that money be electronically transferred to deal with the warrant.

A second variation is that the victim receives a call from someone claiming to be a local police officer.

“If the victim has caller ID, the [police] detachment phone number may be displayed. The caller claims to have a warrant and needs money electronically transferred to have it removed,” says Corporal Rob Donovan from the New Hazelton RCMP detachment.

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the RCMP demanding money, it is a fraudulent call,” he adds.

And if the call is from someone claiming to be from the revenue agency, hang up and then phone the nearest agency office and speak to someone there, Donovan adds.

If you have been a victim of this scam, or wish to view other scams circulating, you can visit www.antifraudcentre.ca to report it, or call 1 888 495 8501.