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New West Police Issue Warning About CRA Phone Scam

Hundreds residents across metro Vancouver have received telephone calls from fraudsters posing as government agents working for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Following a recent string of targeted calls in New Westminster, the local police force has issued a public warning after many local residents fell victim to the claims.

Scammers contact people by phone, telling them they owe money that must be repaid or they face getting arrested. The callers are also known to request personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

We would like to remind everyone, that the CRA does not contact people by telephone and the CRA never arrests anyone for outstanding balances owed. Learn more about this scam on the CRA website.

If you receive a call you suspect to be a phone scam, write down the number and never reveal any personal information.

If you or anyone you know may be a victim of the scam, it’s advised you immediately call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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