Resident of several communities including Flin Flon have reported receiving telephone calls from people who claim they are with the Canada Revenue Agency. They proceed to advise potential victims that they owe income tax money and it must be paid immediately over the phone otherwise a warrant of arrest will be issued. The caller then asks for financial information or a credit card number to take care of the matter.
RCMP Media Relations Officer Bert Paquet says these types of telephone scams have been around for years and are designed to solicit financial information from potential victims. He says all Manitobans should be aware of this scam and if you are unsure about a suspicious call hang up. Paquet adds there are no government agencies including the police that collect money this way and never with the threat of a warrant being issued for your arrest if you don’t pay.