A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scammer was left speechless after a BC police officer handled the call with a no-nonsense approach.
On Friday, BC’s Victoria Police Department posted a video of Cst. Matt Rutherford taking a call from a fraudster who claimed he was calling from “Service Canada” and asked the officer how he can “help him.”
Watch as a #CRAScammer calls Cst. Rutherford… on his phone. Note that Cst. Rutherford doesn’t give his name, but politely asks questions to clearly determine it’s a fraud. Frustrated, the scammer hangs up. #yyj #fraud pic.twitter.com/UnSvjRmKOh
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) November 15, 2019
“Hello, just wondering what’s happening,” replies Rutherford.
The scammer then asks for the officer’s name and Rutherford tells him, “You already have my name.”
The caller says that he needs Rutherford’s name for “confirmation.”
Rutherford presses him further. “And sorry, who are you with?” he asks.
The caller goes silent and then hangs up.
A few days after Rutherford received the call, police in India arrested 32 people and seized electronics following a raid of an international call centre scam allegedly targeting Canadians.
According to Delhi Police, at least one Canadian was “duped of $13,500 through this SIN scam.”
“FAKE INTERNATIONAL CALL CENTRE BUSTED, 32 ARRESTED”
West District Police during a raid in area of Moti Nagar have arrested 32 persons of call center on charges of threatening and extorting money from people in Canada. 55 Computers, 35 mobiles seized. Cheated about 300 crores.. pic.twitter.com/VyOiYnglFW
— DCP West Delhi (@DCPWestDelhi) November 18, 2019
They said the fraudsters were engaged in using “illegal techniques, VOIP calling, bypassing the legal International Long Distance (ILD).”
Investigators in Delhi said the “SIN scam, just one of the criminal schemes operated from the centres, typically begins with a robocall claiming to be from the Service Canada agency” and telling the recipient that there are several allegations found linked with their social insurance number.
The age range of those arrested was between 18 and 38 years old.
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