Agassiz RCMP warn about telephone tax scam

Agassiz RCMP warn about telephone tax scam

Telephone tax scam circulating in the community

RCMP in Agassiz are warning residents about a telephone tax scam that is making its way through the community.

Criminals are posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees to solicit money.

In each case, the resident receives a telephone call from a man claiming to be a representative of the CRA. That man then accuses the victim of owing income tax and demands immediate payment either by credit card or prepaid credit card.

Police say if challenged, the caller becomes aggressive and threatens the victim with arrest. Police have recently experienced a rash of such complaints in Agassiz within the past few weeks. Sergeant RENNIE reminds everyone, CRA

officials will not threaten court charges, jail, or deportation to scare you into paying debt. The CRA does not request prepaid credit cards.

To confirm you have been contacted by a CRA representative, residents can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for individual concerns or 1-800-959-5525 for business- related calls.