February 7, 2016 3:50 pm
Updated: February 7, 2016 3:53 pm

CRA phone scam making the rounds in Alberta

File image, CRA phone scam making the rounds again

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EDMONTON- It seems to rear its ugly head every year around tax time, but this year there is a twist to a common phone scam involving a false phone number display.

RCMP are reminding Albertans not to fall victim to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam. The scam typically involves a victim receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee with the CRA.

The person tells the victim they owe taxes and will be arrested if they do not pay immediately.

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Strathmore RCMP have received multiple complaints regarding this scam.

Here’s the twist: in one case, the victim was called by a suspect claiming he was an RCMP member. The suspect had somehow managed to falsely display the Strathmore RCMP’s non-emergency phone number. This led the victim to believe the call had originally come from the local RCMP detachment, police said Sunday.

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Here’s the best way to protect yourself: Strathmore RCMP are urging people who receive calls like this to verify the validity of the call in person.

And a reminder: the RCMP does not threaten arrest for money owed.

 

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