“The gentleman made the right decision in asking for help,” said Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “And we’re very pleased the paramedic called police on his behalf. Because of those decisions the man has not lost any money, and is now aware of this type of fraud, and ways to protect himself in the future.”

Leykauf notes that the CRA scam is particularly prevalent in Delta right now; she and others at Delta Police have also recently been contacted on their work and home phones by fraudsters. Fraudsters may be using phone numbers that appear to come from the CRA or police, but she cautions that these phone numbers can easily mimicked by criminals through app technology.

“The real Canada Revenue Agency will not contact you suddenly by phone and demand immediate payment, or threaten arrest,” says Leykauf. “If you’re in doubt, hang up.”

The Canada Revenue Agency has more information on scams and frauds on its site athttps://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html