CRA Scam: a new face of CRA Scam.
Vancouver Police say that CRA scammers are disguised as cops and robbing people.
Police say that there’s a new twist on a Canada Revenue Agency scam they’ve been warning the public about and the swindle involves being arrested.
Vancouver Police are warning the public after a woman was defrauded out of $6,000 by scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) personnel and as police officers who “arrested” her as part of the scam. https://t.co/a3IhhIHg79 #VPD
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) June 21, 2018
Police say a 58-year-old woman received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from someone claiming to be from the agency, who said she owed $6,000 in taxes and there was a warrant for her arrest.
The woman was contacted again by a person claiming to be with the RCMP and he convinced her to give out personal information, including her location.
Police say two men showed up at her door, dressed as RCMP officers complete with what appeared to be firearms, handcuffed her, and put her in the back seat of an older-model sedan.
The woman was driven to a Bitcoin machine in Surrey, B.C., to deposit the cash and the two men left the area without the victim.
The first suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-11, with an average build, light brown hair and a full, trimmed beard. The second man was a white male, 25 to 27 years old, clean-shaven with short brown hair.
Const. Jason Doucette says taking control of someone like that can be considered kidnapping and they remind people to hang up if anyone calls claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency.