A Prince George man has been the target of a phone scam.
A fake employee of the Canada Revenue Agency is making calls and demanding money from the person on the other end of the phone line, saying,
“There is a serious lawsuit filed against your name. The very second you receive this call I need you to return the call as soon as possible. If I don’t receive your call you will have to face hard and unwanted legal consequences.”
When Irvin Leroux got a phone call from a Canada Revenue Agency employee demanding money, he knew something wasn’t right.
“Right away I knew it was a scam. The first thing Revenue Canada does is announce that it’s a call from Revenue Canada. They give their name and they give your name. So that you know that they are real and that they are calling you. But this individual just said that I am calling you. Well who is you?
Leroux had the sense not to fall for the scam. He fears others might not have the same good judgement.
“I feel that there’s seniors out there that have this built in fear of Revenue Canada and will automatically reply to this individual, give them all the information that they’re asking for, even their back account number or they’ll go and they’ll send a money order or a draft to these individuals and be scammed.”
Scammers targeting seniors isn’t something new. They can be the most vulnerable members of society, which is Cpl. Craig Douglass of the Prince George RCMP says education is key.
“With seniors, often they are victimized but they’re too embarrassed to mention it to family members.”
If you suspect a call might not be legitimate, Douglass says to trust your gut and do you due diligence.
“Tell them you’ll call them back hang up the phone. Especially big organizations. They’re available on the internet and you phone them. You look up their phone number and phone them. You phone the number you know to be true. Talk to them whether or not they’re actually looming for you and weather or not this is a legit situation.”
CKPG News tried to contact the alleged scammer. The number he left in a voicemail for Leroux was disconnected.
Leroux is glad he had the sense not to return the phone call. His message to seniors above anything else,
“Do not just go to the bank and get whatever they want and give it to them.”
Wise words, from a cautious man.