Squamish RCMP warns about CRA phone scam

Police would like to remind everyone that the Canada Revenue Agency does not contact people by phone and demand payment in the form of gift cards, I-tunes, Bitcoin, online money transfers, or any other manner.

The Squamish RCMP received a complaint from a Squamish resident last month that they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, who demanded payment in the form of STEAM digital gift cards for an outstanding tax debt. Several thousand dollars in STEAM gift cards and Bitcoin were sent before the victim realized it was a scam and contacted police.

 They contact clients by mail and the payment process in place is standardized. If you ever have questions or are suspicious of a phone call you received, please don’t hesitate to contact police prior to sending any money, the local RCMP said.   

Squamish RCMP also informed of an arrest in downtown Squamish. While patrolling downtown Squamish, an officer observed an intoxicated man attempting to fight pedestrians on Cleveland Ave. The man was arrested for causing a disturbance and later found to have multiple outstanding warrants.

The Squamish RCMP also received a report of a break and enter to a business in the 30000 block of Discovery Way, where an unknown individual climbed under fencing and stole copper wire which was later recovered. 

Anyone with information relating to any of these incidents or other crimes is encouraged to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

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