The Grenville County OPP is warning the public that a Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) scam is continuing to be reported in the area.
Police say in this scam criminals extort money from their victims by; telephone, mail, text message or email using a fake communication that claims to be from the CRA. The caller requests personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number.
An example, provided by police, has a resident receiving a call from an individual claiming they worked for the CRA. The caller said the RCMP would arrest the resident if they didn’t pay thousands of dollars in back taxes.
To avoid becoming a victim the police advise confirming what the caller says with another family member or trusted friend before sending money or giving out any personal information. Police also suggest that if you receive a call from the CRA you believe to be fraudulent, hang up and contact your local police. Complaints can also be filed through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.