The RCMP is warning the general public of telephone calls that appear to be coming from the RCMP with a demand for money or the threat of arrest.
The RCMP says the caller impersonates a police officer and tells the victim they owe a lot of tax money and that an arrest warrant has been issued for them.
The caller demands that a large amount of funds be paid via a money transfer.
The fraudsters, say RCMP, are using caller ID spoofing, which the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre describes as disguising telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display.
This popular tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller,” states an RCMP press release.
“Be aware that these fraudsters may use a variety of other scam tactics as well. The scams are designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.”
The RCMP says it does not contact individuals via email or telephone for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes.
If you have received similar telephones calls or know someone who has, the RCMP urges the public to call their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
Source: inhalton. Com
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