Written By: Friday, May 19th 2017


In March, the Owen Sound Police Service participated in Fraud Prevention month with other law enforcement agencies across Ontario where we reminded citizens to always be guarded and aware when it comes to their personal information and ‘fear-mongering’ by potential fraudsters.

Today Chief Sornberger received a call from a fraudster claiming to be a police officer working on a Canada Revenue Agency file; with his name on it.

The suspect left a voicemail message informing the Chief, that if he did not call them back immediately, they would come and arrest him.

The Chief will not be calling the fraudsters back.

This is a fraud attempt using the “CRA scam” technique.

If you receive a message from someone saying that they are the police or another type of government official, and they threaten you with immediate arrest for not paying your taxes, or if they request immediate payment – simply hang up the phone.

Never make a “payment” to the CRA with a credit card over the phone regardless of how pressured they make you feel.

Fraudsters will target anyone in the community, hoping that you will not protect your information; or that you will give in to their pressure tactics and intimidation.

Never give your credit information to someone who contacts you with a request like this.

If you have any doubt, always hang up and contact the particular government agency directly.

For more information and library of videos visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca