OPP are advising the public to be aware of the latest phone scam.

The latest complaint involves the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating that you owed money and that there was an outstanding warrant of arrest if not paid. This scam has been reported in the past, however, there is a new direction the scammers are using.

After the first portion, they ask for the name of your local police force or detachment that services your area and then place a conference call with that detachment. Both calls, with the CRA and police services, are a scam.

Police advise you that if you receive a call that you suspect to be fraud to:

  • Hang up immediately if there’s anything suspicious or unprofessional about the call – the CRA will NEVER threaten you with immediate arrest, use abusive language or send police.
  • The CRA will NEVER request payment by Interac e-transfer, online currency such as bitcoin, pre-paid credit cards or pre-paid gift cards such as iTunes, or Home Depot. The CRA’s accepted methods of payment are online banking, debit card, credit card or PayPal through a third-party service provider and pre-authorized debit.

If you or someone you know suspects they have been targeted by a phone call scam, contact your local OPP detachment, nearest police authority, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.