September 4, 2015 10:55 am

Hundreds of tax scam complaints made to Saskatoon police

Saskatoon police receive hundreds of tax scam complaints with some victims defrauded of up to $40,000.

Chris Young / The Canadian Press
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SASKATOON – Hundreds of complaints have been made to Saskatoon police about a tax scam in the city. Callers claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency are attempting to defraud people by saying they have taxes owed.

While most of the reports to police have been about fraud attempts, there have been a few cases of people being defrauded of up to $40,000.

The callers are using threatening or aggressive language to frighten people into paying the fake tax debt.

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CRA officials say the taxpayer is often threatened with court action, jail or deportation.

Callers then ask for payment by credit card or money transfer.

Police officials are asking anyone who defrauded this way to contact them at 306-975-8300.

Cases of attempted fraud can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.

Watch below: A woman who recorded a tax scam call is sharing the conversation with Global News in the hopes others can learn from her close encounter with a fraudster

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