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Kamloops RCMP warn about Revenue Canada phone scam

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June 02, 2015 - 11:08 AM

KAMLOOPS – It appears there is a Revenue Canada phone scam making the rounds in Kamloops and RCMP are warning residents to be careful.

RCMP have received several calls within the past week about the phone scam. The caller tells the recipient they are in arrears with their taxes and they owed $1,900. The amount is instructed to be paid in cash, which Cpl. Cheryl Bush says is an immediate red flag.

In the latest instance, the recipient knew they did not have any outstanding taxes and, therefore, did not arrange any payment. The caller became quite persistent, even hostile, and called back a second time.

While the RCMP is not aware of individuals who have actually responded, they are reminding the public to verify all calls before making any transactions.

Bush says while they were unable to track the source of the calls, they don’t seem to be targeted.

“We’re just reminding people to be very diligent and savvy to these kinds of calls,” Bush says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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