SURREY/DELTA — Police are warning residents about a few phone scams in Surrey and Delta recently.
Canada Revenue Agency says there’s been an increase in telephone scams where a caller claims to be from the CRA but is not.
Recent scams involve threatening taxpayers or using aggressive language to scare them into paying fake debt to the CRA. The caller requests immediate payment by credit card, and threatens court charges, jail or deportation.
Often scammers use phone spoofing apps that allow them to display numbers legitimately linked to the CRA.
In some cases, scammers will email.
The goal is to access personal and banking information.
The CRA warns not to give out personal or financial information over the phone to an untrusted source, as it can result in identity and financial theft.
A few calls about this scams have come into the Delta Police Department, as have reports of phone scammers claiming to be fundraising for a Delta Police anti-bullying initiative. These callers are using an unidentified or blocked numbers.
Delta Police reminds residents that the initiative is fake and that the department doesn’t ask for donations over the phone.
Surrey RCMP says it gets calls from time to time about the CRA scam and others.
Most recently the detachment has seen a small number of attempts to scam people with respect to an immigration issue.
“All of the scams seem to be the same in nature in that they are asking for money to be deposited/sent,” said Sgt. Dale Carr. “In some cases the scammer is asking for gift cards or pre-paid credit cards.”
If you receive any calls like this you’re asked to hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. For more information on how to protect yourself visit Cra-arc.gc.ca/security.