Bringing fraud and scams education to seniors

An education seminar will be offered to seniors in Fort St. James regarding fraud and scams awareness.

  • Wed Apr 13th, 2016 8:00pm
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A Fraud and Scam Awareness Seminar will be held for seniors in Fort St. James on April 19.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

An education seminar will be offered to seniors in Fort St. James regarding fraud and scams awareness.

The seminar will take place on April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Seniors Centre.

Learn about the latest scams targeting senior consumers and how to protect yourself and your money.

Over the past few months, Fort St. James RCMP has received complaints about “Tax Scams”   A resident will receive a phone call from a person stating they are a police officer and there is a warrant for the person’s arrest because they owe taxes to Canada Revenue Agency.

The telephone number displayed shows Fort St. James RCMP Detachment’s phone number.  The potential victim then is lead to believe this is a legitimate complaint and they are concerned.    The person is directed to make payment via credit card or other on-line payment options.

“I can assure the residents of Fort St. James that the RCMP in Fort St. James are not making these phone calls on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency. They have their own mechanism for collecting from residents in arrears,” said Poppy Hallam, operations officer for the Fort St. James RCMP detachment.

Fort St. James RCMP are urging the public to not take any action over the phone.

They should instead contact Canada Revenue Agency to confirm their tax status.  Do not engage and report any suspicious activity to Fraud Busters at www.antifraudcentre-cenreantifraude.ca

For more information about fraud and scams visit: www.antifraudcentre-cenreantifraude.ca