Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP
The Robson Valley Regional RCMP would like to make the public aware of a current scam that is currently being reported throughout the province.
The scam artists pose as a representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and send potential victims a letter or email or even phoning them in regards to their tax returns. The letter or email states that there is money to be claimed by the victim from the CRA and all that is required is for the victim to provide certain information so that their file can be “updated” and the monies released. The victim is asked to email or fax the information to a number provided.
These letters appear to be official enough and may even sound reasonable but its intent is not. The fraudsters are looking to gain important identity information so that they can access your bank account.
It is important to note that the CRA will NOT request personal information of any kind by email; that the CRA will not divulge any of your personal information to another unless authorization by you has been provided; and that the CRA will NOT leave any personal information on an answering machine.
For more information on fraudulent letters, emails and other online refund forms that fraudsters use please view the Canada Revenue Agency webpage.
Tthe Robson Valley Regional RCMP invites you to view the RCMP website for tips on how to protect yourself from current frauds and scams.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website.