October 2, 2018
Fort McMurray, Alberta: On September 24, 2018, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a fraud complaint in the downtown area of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The suspect(s) used an RCMP phone number and a 1-800 number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and asked to pay the owed amount in bitcoin.
The CRA scam is ongoing and suspect(s) are always looking for new ways to get your money or personal information. They use spoofing mechanisms, allowing them to display any phone number they wish.
Wood Buffalo RCMP is warning the public about ongoing phone scam in which taxpayers receive phone calls from individuals impersonating CRA employees. The CRA and the RCMP would never request or accept bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and not traceable.
If you receive a call from someone claiming you owe money, from CRA or any business:
• Don’t trust the phone number from the caller.
• Do not provide or share any of your personal information, such as legal name, date of birth, social insurance number, address, etc.
If you believe you may be a victim of fraud, contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or your local police. For more information on frauds, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
Constable Mélanie Cappiello-Stébenne
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC