Up to 40 people a day call the Peterborough Police Service to report a Canada Revenue Agency scam. Today, the service launched a postcard campaign aimed at getting crucial fraud-prevention messaging directly into people’s homes.
“Our Service has done a lot of messaging and education around the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam yet we are still being inundated with calls from citizens reporting this fraud,” says Detective Constable Keith Calderwood, Peterborough Police Service Fraud Unit. “The scammers involved are extremely aggressive and convincing. There are people today who are losing $4,000 or $5,000 as a result of this fraud.”
The fraud involves a person receiving a message either by telephone, mail or text message from someone pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency requesting personal information and using scare tactics to get people to pay a fictitious debt.
Police say so far this year, approximately 32 people in Peterborough fell victim to the CRA fraud. They lost between $1,500 to $5,600.
“Our main message is simple. Don’t make assumptions about who falls for frauds and scams. “You are their next victim, “says Detective Constable Calderwood.
The campaign is funded by the Peterborough Northumberland Crime Stoppers and New Horizons for Seniors.
So far, 21,000 postcards have been printed and will be distributed to banks, pharmacies, groceries, coffee shops, senior centres, township offices and service clubs throughout the area served by the Peterborough Police Service: The City of Peterborough, the Village of Lakefield and the Township of Cavan Monaghan.