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Warning of ongoing scam

Thursday, March 06, 2014   by: Staff



The Sault Ste Marie Police would like to advise the public about an ongoing scam involving fraudulent communications from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Police have received reports from residents having received phone calls appearing to be from the CRA.

The calls indicate that the CRA owes them a refund or the receiver owes the CRA back taxes, which are to be paid immediately.

The communications go on to instruct the receiver to provide personal information in order to receive a refund or pay an outstanding bill.

Here are some tips to remember when you are in receipt of any communications appearing to be from the CRA:

  • Do not take immediate action, instead verify that what you are being told is indeed the truth.
  • Remember, you can always call the CRA yourself to confirm that the information you are being told is accurate.

For more information regarding frauds and scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue web page at

Anyone who has received such communication, or feels they have been victimized, is encouraged to contact the Sault Ste Marie Police at 705-949-6300 to report this activity.


If you have any information regarding these crimes, or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Submit an e-tip from the Crime Stoppers’ website at or text keyword SSM with your tip to 274637.

Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply.


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Hounds Fan 3/6/2014 8:52:56 AM Report

Just another reason to give folks a slap upside the head if they are the victim of such BS
3rd times a charm 3/6/2014 9:32:55 AM Report

many older people get sucked into this shit because they are older...often medicated and they are not stupid.

I let these scammers talk for an hour, if they can last that long...let the head games begin!
anapeg 3/6/2014 9:59:18 AM Report

When I used to get those annoying calls I would hand the phone to my Mother who had alzheimer's and she would prattle on until they gave up and disconnected. She seemed to enjoy the discourse immensely.
Javaman 3/6/2014 10:02:08 AM Report

When they ask for me I tell them "oh sorry...he passed away this morning" There is a moment of silence and then click..they are gone.
Bad Dawg 3/6/2014 10:11:01 AM Report

waiting for the two bozo's that said they were from "reliance" and wanted the wife to let them in to check to see if our water tank was energy star rated...... we rent the damn tank from them and they should know the specifics on their own property.

We believe they were trying to get into peoples homes to see if it is worth breaking in. Whenever a solicitor knocks I ask for ID and not their lil card they could get at staples... real ID, most have no problem handing over an Ontario license. write down the info and call the company to make sure they are recognized as an employee. you can never be too safe.
Slim Shady 3/6/2014 1:13:51 PM Report

@Bad Dawg,

I had that the same Idiots try that at my mother-in-laws house. They are aggressive and try to barge in. The guy stopped trying to get past my mother-in-law when he saw me around the corner holding back a 170 lb Great Dane who wanted a crack at him. I told he to F%$# Off before I release the Dog and he chases you clear down the street and into the next county. I told my M-I-L that it is quite ok to be firm and rude with marketers that come to your door. DO NOT let them in!

Two weeks later they come back again. Somehow this Idiot didn't remember the last incounter. I told them the next time he takes two steps onto my land I'd give him the beating of his life, coat his balls in bacon grease and let my dog eat him alive. (My Dog loves bacon and I figured I would make both of us happy).

I am waiting for round three... LOL
soowat 3/6/2014 1:56:31 PM Report

Slim Shady

While I whole-heartedly agree with your sentiments,if you did what you were thinking about you would have been the one charged,fined,jailed etc.
Slim Shady 3/6/2014 2:36:21 PM Report


You are correct that it would get me introuble (it would be funny being read in court for the public record "Your Honor, he beat me up, smeared bacon grease on my balls and had his 170 lbs dog chow down on my package like a starving Ethiopian on a Baconator...") While I probably wouldn't beat him nor smear him in bacon grease, I would be more than happy to watch my Dog chase him around the block several times.... ;)
steelworker 3/6/2014 2:56:17 PM Report

Make sure you film that and put it on You-tube. There is nothing funnier than watching some moron being canine-castrated.
stormy shores 3/6/2014 4:55:07 PM Report

I can't imagine anyone responding to something like this! God bless the ignorant ... scam artists will be for ever on the planet. That's their career but mine is keeping my hard earned $$.
Stugatzu 3/6/2014 6:16:05 PM Report

The hot water/furnace crap that is going on --- is quite simple to get around with a simple statement.

"I don't own, I rent. Contact the land lord." *close the door*

It works.
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