Beware annual Canada Revenue Agency scam

Kamloops Mounties are warning the public about the annual scam that comes with tax season.

The Canada Revenue Scam involves fraudsters posing as CRA representatives.

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They contact you via email, phone call or text message, threatening that police will arrest you if a payment is not made.

The demands often include a request of iTunes or other gift cards, as well as prepaid credit cards as payment.

Police advise that the CRA will never request gift cards, prepaid credit cards or bitcoin, nor will representatives use aggressive language or threaten a person with arrest and police action.

Nor does the CRA ask for personal information by email, or ask for information pertaining to your passport, health card or driver’s licence.

When dealing with a scammer, RCMP advise doing research and asking a trusted friend for advice before sending money or divulging any information.

People can report an incident by calling 1-888-495-8501 (toll free) or by going online to antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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