Leduc RCMP warns public about CRA phone scams

Friday, June 8, 2018

Leduc RCMP are warning the public about an ongoing scam in which people all across the county receive phone calls from individuals impersonating Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) employees. These people are scammers.

The scammers tell taxpayers they have a warrant for their arrest and in order to not get arrested they have to pay money or get gift cards and provide them to the scammers. The CRA would never request someone to pay money over the phone or get gift cards.

The scammers have been using spoofing mechanisms showing the Leduc RCMP Detachment contact number of 780-980-7267 in order to convince the victim that they are not scammers.

“The RCMP plays a crucial role in educating the public about scams, and has a number of programs in place to track fraud, including one run by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)," says Constable Bridget Morla of Leduc RCMP. “The CAFC monitors all types of scams, and warns Canadians to be on the lookout for scammers.”

If you or a family member has fallen victim to this scam, please report to Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7267 or local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You have two ways to make a report to the CAFC; either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool.

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Media Contact:
Constable Bridget MORLA
780-886-0672
Leduc RCMP