Phone Scam in Quesnel
Quesnel, B.C. – Another week, another telephone scam.
This week its the Quesnel RCMP warning residents of phony telephone calls in which the caller identifies themselves as either a police officer or a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency.
In these cases, the caller is calling to collect fines from income taxes or a variety of other scam tactics.
The caller tells the victim to pay up immediately or they will be arrested. In some cases, ‘RCMP’ or ‘Canada Revenue Agency’ appears in the victim’s call display.
“Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes and never asks the public to make a payment over the telephone,” warns Sgt. Darren Dodge.
“Anyone who receives a call from someone alleging to be a police officer collecting fines or taxes should hang up immediately and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.”
This alert comes less than a week after a woman told 250News of a scam she feared would catch locals off guard.
In that scam, she said the caller ID indicated the call was coming from “the Province of BC” and notes the caller warned potential victims their credit card was in jeopardy unless they hit a specific number on their keypad.