(MILTON, ON) – The RCMP is issuing a public notice regarding fraudulent telephone calls. The RCMP is warning the public of the calls which appear to be coming from the RCMP.
The callers impersonate a police officer and inform victims that they owe a large amount of money on their personal taxes. Callers go on to say that an arrest warrant has been issued for their arrest. A demand is then made for a large amount of money to be paid via a money transfer.
The fraudsters 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.
The 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 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 of someone who has, contact your local policing agency and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool.