File Number: Thefts from Vehicles/CRA scams
The Grand Forks RCMP would like to notify the citizens of Grand Forks that there have 21 complaints of theft from vehicles since January 1, 2018.
Unfortunately most of these thefts have been from unlocked vehicles and some of the stolen property has been unsecured items in the boxes of trucks.
Please lock up or remove valuables from your vehicles, and keep things like loose change out of sight.
If you have any information regarding these thefts you can call the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
As a reminder numerous citizens of Grand Forks have been contacted by scammers who are posing as an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The scammer demanded money for back taxes, fines and a fee. The scammer told the citizen that the RCMP would be contacting the citizen if he did not pay. This is a scam. New to this scam is a letter from the CRA indicating that the addressee needs to contact the CRA to update their personal information.
“The CRA takes these matters very seriously and provides substantial information to Canadians about how to protect themselves from scams undertaken using the CRA’s name. Informing yourself is particularly important during the tax filing season, when such scams peak,” said the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue. This information, including examples of real scam telephone calls and e-mails, can be easily found on the CRA web site. The
below link is a wealth of information on various CRA scams. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html
You may also obtain a brochure on Fraud Awareness and how to protect yourself against fraud from the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment.
Sgt. J. (Jim) FENSKE
Boundary Regional RCMP
Earlier this year, Nelson RCMP sent out a media release warning people regarding a scam whereby residents in the surrounding West Kootenay region were receiving correspondence through mail requesting immediate payment for taxes, on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Nelson RCMP Detachment has recently received several complaints, from concerned residents, indicating that they have received phone calls from person(s) portraying themselves as being employees for the Canada Revenue Agency. The caller(s) advise that money is owed for taxes, demanding payment within 24 hours. The caller(s) further advise that failure to pay within the time period will result in arrest warrants being issued and subsequently executed by the local R.C.M.P.
Residents are reminded to use common sense and refrain from forwarding payment and or any personal information over the telephone to unknown persons.
The Canada Revenue Agency does not conduct business in this manner and the R.C.M.P is in no way associated to these callers. If in doubt, contact the Canada Revenue Agency directly or your local police department.
Victims of fraud are asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or email@example.com. For more information, visit www.antifraudcentre.ca
The Nelson RCMP has received several complaints from concerned citizens regarding a mail distribution fraud currently targeting the City of Nelson and surrounding Central Kootenay Regional District areas. Yellow coloured cards titled “FINAL NOTICE” are being received in mailboxes. These cards appear to be personalized to the recipient, indicating that they have unclaimed rewards being held at a distribution center. A claim number is provided. The recipient is directed to call the listed phone number in order to claim the reward. There is a warning indicating that failure to call will result in an automatic forfeiture of the reward.
Those who attempt to claim the reward are asked to provide information such as credit card numbers along with other personalized information.
Citizens should be diligent in protecting their personal information and reminded to never share it over the phone or internet with unknown people or companies. It is not common practice for legitimate companies to request personal information from their clients.
If you think you have spotted a scam or have been targeted by a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8501.
Getting Help and Reporting A Scam
Local Scams www.consumerhandbook.ca
Financial and Investment Scams www.securities-administrators.ca
Banking and Credit Card Scams
Contact your local financial institution
Spam Emails and SMS
Reporting Fraud, Theft, and other Crimes
If you are victim of fraud – you have suffered a loss because of someone’s dishonesty or deception – you should consider contacting your local police. You should definitely contact the police if you have had property stolen or have been threatened or assaulted by a scammer. You may also contact one of the following organizations:
Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus www.ccbbb.ca
Canada Revenue Agency – Charities Directorate www.cra-arc.gc.ca 1-800-267-2384