DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Police in Dawson Creek are reminding residents that the CRA will never contact you by phone regarding taxes after a scam has been hitting residents in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.
The current scam, which was also running rampant in Fort St. John involves the CRA and iTunes/Visa giftcards. This scam has claimed over a dozen victims in the last two weeks who have lost thousands of dollars under the threat of being arrested or going to jail.
The “scam artist” calls the intended victim and purports to be an officer with the CRA or a police officer. In the police officer scenario, the caller provides a name, detachment, and badge number. The caller will tell the purported victim that they owe back taxes and the easiest way for them to avoid jail time is to purchase the iTunes cards or Visa gift cards. As time goes on, the CRA scam is continuing to evolve and use different ploys and tactics to swindle unsuspecting victims.