I received a message on my answering machine on Monday July 11, 2016. The message went like this:
“The reason behind this call is to notify you that we have registered a criminal case against ‘your name’ concerning ‘tax agency’ and tax fraud. So, if you need more information about this case, you can call our direct line number which is: 613-505-4790. I will repeat the number, 613-505-4790. Call back as soon as possible. Thank you.”
Have a listen:
I also received an email from a dear friend warning me of these kinds of scams going around. Many people have become victims, unfortunately. The send money to the perpetrators thinking that they are actual government officials.
These scams can cause people a lot of worry and fear. Older adults and newcomers to our country are especially at risk. I even know of a middle-aged woman who was dragged into this as she thought it was real.
I also know of a woman with early dementia who has taken this kind of scam to heart. She truly believes she is going to be arrested and she is fearing for her safety. Her family worry about her mental health.
If you or anyone you know has been defrauded, deceived, tricked or robbed contact your local police.
Check out this Canada Revenue Agency article: Protect Yourself Against Fraud
Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW