Police in Saskatoon say they have received nearly two-dozen complaints about phone calls from someone falsely claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The caller was attempting to collect “owed taxes” from the victims via credit card or money transfer and used threats and aggressive language to try to force payments. The CRA also stated that the fraudster threatened victims with criminal charges, jail time, and even deportation if payments were not made.
As always, any call from a person claiming to be from the CRA can be confirmed by calling the CRA directly, which ensures that all personal information is protected using a range of established procedures. Police say that anyone who receives a fraudulent call similar to those in Saskatoon should hang up without providing any information and report the call online to the CRA or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.