If you hear this robotic voice, it's probably a scam.

nvan.rcmp.ca

2020-08-07 11:25 PDT

North Vancouver RCMP are warning the public again about CRA scam calls and how to avoid becoming a victim.

"Like many thousands of Canadians, I get these calls every once in a while too," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "So I thought I would share the recorded message I recently received. My hope is that it will act as a warning to others, and perhaps prevent someone who's never heard it before from becoming a victim."

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Many of you have received calls from someone claiming to be from the CRA. Here's how it all starts: you'll receive an automated message with a robotic voice. The caller may claim your SIN has been compromised, or that you owe a large amount of outstanding taxes. They may threaten that officers are on their way to arrest you if you don't pay your debt immediately. The voice will ask you to press "1" to be connected to an agent. Don't fall for this scam. It is completely fake. Here's an example of a call we received, so you know what it sounds like.

Audio of a recorded message from a scam caller:

"...enforcement actions, which has been executed by department of justice against your social insurance number. Avoiding this would be intentional attempts to avoid initial appearances before the magistrate judge or exempt jury for a federal criminal offense so before this matter goes to federal courthouse or you get arrested kindly press "1" and speak to an officer now. I repeat press "1" to speak to an office right now to avoid further actions.

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Don’t fall for this scam. For more information, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

North Vancouver RCMP receives complaints about scam calls in waves, sometimes numbering dozens in one day. "That in itself is a good sign," said DeVries. "It tells us that people are identifying these calls as bogus, and that means they're not falling for them."

"But for anyone out there who has never heard these calls, they may still fall for it. Our hope is this recording will add one more tool in the fight against these sorts of frauds."

Anyone who receives communications, whether by phone, text message, or email, is asked to report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1 (888) 495-8501.

To avoid CRA Tax Scams, be aware that:

CRA will never

NOTE: CRA NEVER CONTACTS PEOPLE VIA TEXT MESSAGE

If something feels unusual, or if you have even the slightest suspicion that it may be a tax scam, STOP! HANG UP THE PHONE! You can always call the CRA to verify if they are trying to reach you.

For more information on detecting scams, here are some links you can follow to find additional resources:

RCMP – Scams and Fraud: What To Do

The Little Black Book of Scams (2nd Ed.) – available in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, Punjabi, Spanish & Tagalog
 

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp.ca
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587
Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
 

Released by

Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587

Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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