Nelson RCMP warn of phone scam

Residents say they have received phone calls from someone saying they are an employee for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Earlier this year, Nelson RCMP sent out a media release warning people regarding a scam whereby residents in the surrounding West Kootenay region were receiving correspondence through mail requesting immediate payment for taxes, on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Nelson RCMP Detachment has recently received several complaints, from concerned residents, indicating that they have received phone calls from person(s) portraying themselves as being employees for the Canada Revenue Agency. The caller(s) advise that money is owed for taxes, demanding payment within 24 hours. The caller(s) further advise that failure to pay within the time period will result in arrest warrants being issued and subsequently executed by the local R.C.M.P.

Residents are reminded to use common sense and refrain from forwarding payment and or any personal information over the telephone to unknown persons.

The Canada Revenue Agency does not conduct business in this manner and the R.C.M.P is in no way associated to these callers. If in doubt, contact the Canada Revenue Agency directly or your local police department.

Victims of fraud are asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or info@antifraudcentre.ca. For more information, visit www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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