POLICE WARNING COMMUNITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CRA SCAM VERSION WHICH INCLUDES THE FRAUDSTER ?SPOOFING? THE POLICE TELEPHONE NUMBER
The Brantford Police Service wishes to remind everyone of the importance of crime prevention and fraud education. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) scam continues where random citizens are telephoned by fraudsters posing as an investigator from Revenue Canada.
The common theme is that the fraudster identifies him or herself as an investigator with Revenue Canada. The fraudster tells the victim that they failed to respond to communications and now there is a warrant out for their arrest and they risk going to jail unless they pay a fee immediately. The fraudster uses aggressive tones and high pressured tactics to scare the victim into paying money in order to avoid incarceration.
A 34 year old Brantford man received a telephone call from a fraudster claiming he was an employee from the CRA and that there was a warrant out for his arrest. The Brantford man was told he could avoid being taken into custody if he paid $4,000.00, however if he decided to fight it in court, there would be an increased fine of $9,700.00. The fraudster advised that he would be sending someone from the Brantford Police Service to arrest him. The fraudster then asked the victim for the number for the Brantford Police Service and he provided it to the fraudster. After the phone call was disconnected the victim received a telephone call from an individual impersonating a Brantford Police Officer. The call display on the victim?s phone identified the number as belonging to the Brantford Police Service. Although the victim was pressured he did not send or transfer any funds and contacted the Brantford Police Service.
The CRA will not;
1. Ask for personal information by email or text message.
2. Request payment by prepaid credit card or wire transfer.
3. Share your tax information with another person or organization unless you agree that it can be shared.
4. Leave personal information on an answering machine.
5. Threaten or use nasty language.
6. Threaten to send police to arrest you.
The Brantford Police Service would not contact an individual from our community and threaten to arrest them due to an outstanding Canadian Revenue Agency debt. Caller ID is a great tool; however this information can be altered by criminals. Never use caller ID to confirm the source or identity of the caller. If you receive a telephone call from a person who identifies themselves as a police officer and you are suspicious of their legitimacy, call the police directly to confirm the communications. ? Constable Natalie Laing
Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre?s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or Canada Revenue Agency
If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a VICTIM OF FRAUD and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. If you have received a telephone call however have not been fallen the victim of this fraud again please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index.shtm
"Crime Prevention through Education and Awareness?