OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - RCMP have confirmed with Indian authorities that an additional sixteen fraudulent call centres have been dismantled since October. These fraudulent call centres were believed to be targeting Canadians by perpetrating Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam calls. This coordinated effort comes as a result of information provided to the Indian authorities by the RCMP with the support of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).
A total of nineteen fraudulent call centres have been dismantled since September 2018. This latest development is part of a broad and long standing international effort to address call centres that perpetuate fraud. This success has been a collaborative effort by the RCMP, the CAFC, Indian authorities and Five Eyes law enforcement partners.
While more fraudulent call centres have been dismantled, the RCMP and the CAFC would like to remind Canadians that prevention and awareness continue to be important in reducing the victimization from these calls. We encourage anyone receiving a suspicious phone call to hang up and verify their information directly with the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.
"Prevention and awareness are very important when it comes to reducing these fraudulent calls. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and report the phone number and information to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre."
-- Acting Officer in Charge, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Sergeant Guy-Paul Larocque
"This success is clear evidence of our strong collaboration and continued support with the Indian authorities. We will continue to assess the tips and information provided to us by Canadians and we will work with our domestic and international partners to fight fraud and protect the economic integrity of Canadians."
-- RCMP Superintendent Peter Payne, Director, Financial Crime
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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