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Scammers posing as cops

A phone scam that saw fraudsters posing as members of the Canadian Revenue Agency has taken on a new identity.

Some scammers have now began posing as members of Durham police, and have even used software to display the force’s phone number on call display in some cases.

According to (the real) police, the scammers are telling potential victims that they owe back taxes and that they will be arrested should a payment not be promptly made. As with the previous scam, potential victims are asked to pay through methods including purchasing a pre-paid credit card, a direct bank deposit or wire transfer.

Durham police are advising the public that they do not collect money on behalf of the Canadian Revenue Agency, nor does the federal agency collect payments in this manner. People who receive these calls are asked to hang up and not call back, and to call police if they have lost money to such a scam.

Police are also calling on the public to discuss this information with seniors and other vulnerable members of the public.

For more information or to report a scam attempt, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.