The Saskatoon Police Service is advising the public of a recent increase in complaints regarding the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam.
Police have recently received a few complaints of people advising they have received phone calls using threatening and aggressive language to frighten and bully the complainants into paying fictitious debt. The caller, claiming to be a CRA representative, demands payment in gift cards. The victim is then instructed to provide the authorization codes from the gift cards to the suspect. In some cases, the caller has been told there is a warrant for their arrest. In two reports, the victims were defrauded.
The SPS would like to remind the public that the CRA does not communicate with taxpayers this way, nor does it request payment via gift cards of any kind.
If you have been the victim of fraud, please file a report online: www.saskatoonpolice.ca/onlinereporting/. If you would like to report an attempted fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or 1-888-495-8501.