Scammers identify themselves as mounties

RCMP never contacts individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes

  • Jan. 29, 2016 3:00 p.m.

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 caller tells the victim they must pay immediately or will be arrested within 24 hours. In some cases, “RCMP” appears on the victim’s call display.

  • Be aware: the RCMP never contacts individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes and never asks the public to make a payment over the telephone.
  • Anyone who receives a call from someone alleging to be a police officer collecting fines or taxes should hang up immediately and contact Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Toll free 1-888-495-8501).