Local residents warned about spike in telephone scams


2015-10-16 12:56 PDT

Surrey RCMP is warning local residents about a spike in an all too familiar telephone scam that has been circulating across the country over the last few months.

From August 1st to September 30th, 2015, the Surrey RCMP received approximately 600 complaints from residents about a telephone scam usually involving large federal or provincial agencies.

These complaints are typically associated to agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and involve callers claiming to be from these agencies threatening clients into paying a fictitious debt or fine to avoid arrest or deportation. Both agencies have put out extensive communications warning Canadians about these fraudulent calls and what to do should they encounter such a call.

While these scams are occurring across Canada and involve victims from all walks of life, some individuals in our community are potentially more at risk than others including seniors and those new to our country, says Corporal Scotty Schumann. We recommend that residents have discussions with their friends and family members who may fall into this demographic about this recent trend.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or the local police in your area. If you receive a fraud call, please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by telephone at 1-888-495-8501, through their website or by email.

For more information and tips on preventing fraud please visit:

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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