The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has responded to complaints of aggressive phone fraudsters. Members of the public have been receiving phone calls from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) workers who try different methods to get personal information from victims.
Fraudsters have been posing as CRA agents and telling potential victims that their bank accounts have been targeted for fraud. In addition to this, scammers advise potential victims that the Sault Ste. Marie Police will be following up with them.
The follow up calls have been appearing on people’s caller ID as the public phone number for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service 705-949-6300. The person on the other end of the line pretends to be an officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. The scammer, acting as a police officer, attempts to get personal information from the victim, and advises the victim to co-operate with the scammer.
Additionally the CRA and other government agencies will not ask for payment in form of VISA gift cards, Google Cards or ITunes cards.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to remind the public that you are not divulge personal information to anyone over the phone. Officers are aware of the abundance of phone scams that are occurring and will not become aggressive if you wish to make alternate arrangements to meet in person in order to go over personal information.