Let’s talk about fraud

Prince George

2021-03-01 08:24 PST

It’s that time of year again, when we collect our tax documents together and either brave the tax software and do our taxes ourselves or we bundle up our paperwork and bring it to an accountant or tax-preparation company.

It is also the time of year when reports of fraud increase for the Prince George RCMP.

Now a near-daily occurrence, attempts to defraud people of their money are as diverse as the people who receive them. The one thing these frauds have in common is their intent, which is to separate you from your money.

The message we want people to hear is: just don’t, says Community Policing Coordinator, Linda Parker. Don’t engage with the anonymous caller; don’t follow the link in an email; don’t respond to the text message. Always contact the parent company yourself to verify the information is correct.

The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre has these tips for people to protect themselves from fraudulent schemes:

If you are the victim of fraud, stay calm. Here are some important steps to follow:

For further tips on how to protect yourself from fraud or what to do if you are the victim of fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
 

Released by

Cst. Jennifer Cooper

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-613-3532

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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