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Protect yourself against phone scams

We are warning residents about a telephone scam involving fraudsters posing as governments agents.

New Westminster residents are still being targeted by people claiming to work with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), a scenario that’s affected local residents since the summer.

Scammers contact people by phone, telling them they owe money that must be repaid or they face getting arrested. The callers are also known to request personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

We would like to remind everyone, that the CRA does not contact people by telephone and the CRA never arrests anyone for outstanding balances owed. Learn more about this scam on the CRA website.

If you receive a call you suspect to be a phone scam, write down the number and never reveal any personal information.

Anyone who believes they are a victim of this scam is being asked to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411 or call your local police.