Media Advisory - RCMP warn Ontario residents of telephone scam

ONTARIO, Aug. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ontario is issuing public notice with respect to fraudulent telephone calls.

The RCMP is warning of fraudulent telephone calls in which the caller identifies themselves as an RCMP officer calling to collect fines or income taxes or a variety of other scam tactics. The callers inform the victims must pay immediately or will be arrested within 24 hours. In most cases, the number for RCMP appears on the victim's call display.

These types of telephone scams are designed to create such shock and anxiety that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.

Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes

The RCMP is issuing this media advisory to warn the general public of this activity. If you have received similar telephones calls or know of someone who has, please contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Fraud: Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

Website:   RCMP in Ontario
Twitter:      @RCMPONT
Facebook:  RCMP.Ontario
YouTube:  RCMPGRCPOLICE                        

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: For media inquiries contact: Sgt. Penny HERMANN, RCMP Media Relations, RCMP "O" Division, 905-876-9571


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