August 11, 2016 - 4:26 PM
PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP want the public to know there is no need to report calls of a telephone scam making the rounds in the community.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says in a media release the Penticton detachment fielded more than 50 phone calls from the public to 3:15 p.m. today, Aug. 11, regarding telephone calls from individuals claiming to be with Canada Revenue Agency and being told to pay or police will be called.
Police advise those who are called by the scammers to hang up and provide no personal information.
The calls are also resulting in a backlog for the detachment’s front counter staff as they try to handle the numerous calls as well as people trying to contact police on other matters.
Wrigglesworth says unless someone has unwittingly fallen victim to the scam, there is no need to report the calls to police.
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