The RCMP are warning the public of another Canadian Revenue Agency scam making the rounds, this time using a local RCMP number.
Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP received a complaint from a local woman who said she was called by someone claiming to be from the CRA, telling her there was a warrant for her arrest for tax evasion.
The scammer asked the woman for $5,000 to avoid arrest by the RCMP, before telling her he would make a three-way call to the RCMP to advise that the woman would be making payment. He asked for the local RCMP detachment number, which she provided.
Not long after, the woman received an incoming call with caller ID matching the local RCMP detachment number. She spoke to a man who identified himself as an RCMP officer and told her to pay CRA or she would be brought to jail.
After that call ended, the woman received another call from a man, saying that he was with the CRA, telling her how she could make payment by purchasing Google Play cards.
RCMP are warning the public that this is a scam, and if you receive a call like this of someone demanding money, end the call and contact the CRA directly to confirm the legitimacy before making any kind of payment.
The CRA would never accept payment in the form of a Google Play card or similar type of payment. If you have given money to scammers, report this to your local RCMP detachment.