LEEDS – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation into an ongoing scam that targeted a Leeds County resident.
On the September 13, 2017 at about 5:15 P.M members of the Ontario Provincial Police, in Elizabethtown – Kitley Township were contacted by a resident in regards to a possible scam. It was reported that the complainant received a call from a person claiming they were from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Personal information was asked of the complainant and in turn was provided to the fraudster. This included giving them his social insurance number.
Police are reminding residents that this is an ongoing scam.
Leeds OPP advises that if you receive a scam call from someone pretending to be from the CRA do the following:
- Do not take any immediate action
- Hang up and verify the information. Call a trusted family member, friend, or your bank to get a second opinion on the call. Verify the caller’s ID and the request by calling the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281.
- Verify the status of your account by contacting the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.
Remember, the CRA will never threaten arrest or send police. The CRA does not request payment either by prepaid credit cards or gift cards. Also, remember that scammers can be extremely assertive and aggressive attempting to get this information.
To report a scam, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll Free at 1-888-495-8501.
If you have been a victim of a scam, by providing personal information or giving money, call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122.