White Rock resident Naomi Hittins has a message of caution for elderly residents on the Semiahmoo Peninsula after she received multiple threatening phone calls from scam artists pretending to be employees of Canada Revenue Agency.
Hittins said she has been receiving the calls on a daily basis.
“They say I owe $3,000, which I know I don’t… They’re calling from computers and they threaten you that the police are going to be there as soon as you’re off the phone with them and you will be in jail for 48 hours until you get bonded out.”
“It’s every area code you can think of, I’ve got a whole bunch of them written down.”
Hittins made reports to the White Rock RCMP and to the Toronto Police Service.
“I don’t want any old people to get scammed because they’re very, very vulnerable,” she said.
White Rock RCMP Const. Chantal Sears – who issued a news release warning residents earlier this month – said the detachment has been inundated with reports of the scam.
Police advise to never give out personal information to the caller, to hang up and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.