RCMP officers are not tax collectors: the latest scam

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The RCMP do not represent Revenue Canada as tax collectors and in no way will the police contact you in such manor as to intimidate you into action.

Recently, several North Vancouver residents have received suspicious phone calls from an unknown caller who alleges to be an RCMP police officer and claims to have a legal affidavit registered against them.

The caller states that thousands of dollars in back taxes are owed and are given an opportunity to pay as much as they can immediately to avoid legal proceedings. A call back number of 647-800-4163 is provided to confirm the caller’s credibility.

The RCMP want to make it very clear, that under no circumstance will the Police call citizens and represent Revenue Canada or any collection agency, said Cpl. Richard De Jong, of the North Vancouver RCMP. Never give out personal information to someone you do not know.

There are variations of this fraud and anyone who receives a suspicious communication should immediately report it to info[at]antifraudcentre.ca or call them 1-800-495-8501.

For more information on how you can protect yourself against telephone and email scams visit the RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency web sites.

Source: RCMP | Image: Fraud alert via Shutterstock

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