Aggressive scam artists are calling area residents advising that local police will be arresting them because they owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency.
The victims are contacted by someone pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency and told they owe back taxes and are “wanted” on warrants.
The caller tells the victim that the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (or “the Police”) will be executing the warrants and arresting him/her if the outstanding taxes are not paid.
Do not provide your social insurance number to the scammer and do not send money.
The Canada Revenue Agency scam is being investigated by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
Anyone who believes they may have lost money in one of these scams is asked to call the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340.
Tips to Avoid Falling Prey to Scammers:
- Do not feel pressured to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
- Never transfer money, give out credit card, or other financial information until you can verify the person’s identity and determine whether it is legitimate.
- The Canada Revenue Agency does not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer, nor does it email Canadians and request personal information.
- Look up published numbers for the Canada Revenue Agency in the telephone book and confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story.
- Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
- Do not believe what you see as business logos, websites and email addresses. They can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
- Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
- Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
- Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
- Never provide personal information like your SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.
- Update your computer’s anti-virus software.
The Canada Revenue Agency warns residents that scammers often use threatening language to persuade people to pay fictitious debt. It advises people not to engage in communication. Hang up. The Canada Revenue Agency never leaves personal information on an answering machine. Any message left is a scam.