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CBRPS reminds citizens to be cautious of email and telephone scams

June 13, 2016

The Cape Breton Regional Police are reminding citizens to be cautious of email and telephone scams, including but not limited to individuals claiming to be representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or a “tax office”.

Often times, these individuals call and intimidate citizens by making aggressive threats, which scare people into paying money to those pretending to be from the CRA or other organizations. These individuals have also been known to e-mail citizens, asking them to verify their identity by entering personal information.

If you are doubting the authenticity of an email or call, particularly from someone claiming to be from the CRA, hang up immediately and phone the CRA by using the numbers listed on their website at www.cra.gc.ca to verify.

Citizens should always be extremely cautious when they receive mail, phone calls, text messages or emails of any kind, requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

If you do receive a suspicious email or call, do not give any personal information out, hang up and report it to local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraid Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca