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Telephone fraudsters posing as tax collectors: RCMP

Chilliwack RCMP are warning residents of another telephone scam.

This one has someone posing as a Revenue Canada agent looking for back taxes.

According to police, the scammer convinces people their taxes are in arrears and that if payment isn’t made immediately they will be arrested.

The fraudsters are asking that payment be made with Visa pre-pay cards.

“This scam has been prevalent in several Lower Mainland communities in the past several weeks,” said RCMP Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. “This is not a standard operating procedure for police and Canada Revenue Agency. The police do not deal with income tax issues.”

The Canada Revenue Agency has very specific procedures to communicate with tax payers. The public are encouraged to view these procedures at  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2014/l140307-eng.html.

Should anyone be the recipient of a suspected fraudulent call they're asked to report it to the local RCMP office and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at info@antifraudcentre.ca.

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