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FREQUENT ATTEMPTS AT TELEPHONE SCAMS IN THE WEYBURN/RADVILLE AREA

FREQUENT ATTEMPTS AT TELEPHONE SCAMS IN THE WEYBURN/RADVILLE AREA RECENTLY

Since the October 19th, 2017, numerous people have contacted the RCMP in Weyburn and Radville after receiving phone calls from an individual advising that they have won prizes related to a lottery in Saskatchewan in support of an emergency services organization in the province. These types of lotteries are held every year in our province.

The scam goes as follows:

·        A male caller will tell the intended victim that they have won a significant amount of money and a new car,

·        The most common amount of money mentioned is $45,000, but it could vary,

·        The most common brand of car mentioned is a Ford Explorer, but it could very,

·        The male caller will normally use a common English language name but has an Asian accent,

·        The intended victim will be told that the new car and a cheque will be delivered directly to their home,

·        The intended victim will be instructed to call a woman in North Dakota for further instructions, a name, address and phone number will be provided,

·        Upon contacting the woman, the intended victim will be instructed to wire money to pay for having the new vehicle towed to their residence. The most common amounts mentioned recently are $475 and/or $1,350. The intended victims are normally directed to the Post Office, or a financial institution to send the money.

These scammers are very well trained and will have an answer prepared for any question the intended victim might ask, they are very convincing. Many people have been victimized by these types of scams  in the past. The phone numbers that the scammers provide are computer generated and the calls are made over the internet. It is probable that these scammers are not located in Canada.

People in Saskatchewan who do win these types of lotteries are not charged money to claim their prizes.  Seniors have regularly been targeted and have historically been more susceptible to these types of frauds. Please talk to your family members.

If you receive a call like this and suspect it is a scam, please contact your local RCMP Detachment. You can also make a report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.

 

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Revenue Canada Email Scam

Humboldt RCMP are warning the public about a new scam involving the Canada Revenue Agency. In this scam, an email is received advising that you have an Interact e-transfer from the CRA with a tax refund. This email appears legitimate and there is usually a short time frame to accept the money transfer.  By accepting the transfer you are allowing other people to access your computer and on-line banking information. DO NOT accept the e-transfer. CRA does not send out e-transfers.  CRA only handles refunds by either depositing the funds directly into you bank account or a cheque is mailed to you.
 
For information on how to protect yourself against fraud, including how to recognize a scam and examples of fraudulent communications, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html

 

Other Resources:

 

Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-654-9426.

SeniorBusters Program at 1-888-495-8501 toll free, anywhere in North America

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Revenue Canada Scam

On Thursday, April 21st, 2016, A business in the town of Maidstone was contacted by phone from a man who said he worked for the Canadian Revenue Agency. The man claimed that the business owed money and demanded payment.

The RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency want to remind Canadians to be aware of Phishing Scams.

The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license.

If you are a victim of a phone scam and have given out personal information, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: info@antifraudcentre.ca

For information on scams, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm.

For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.