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Burnaby RCMP warns of phone scam

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Burnaby RCMP is warning the public of a telemarketing scam in which the caller claims to be an officer with the RCMP or another federal agency.

Burnaby Mounties have taken several calls from people reporting they've received such calls from a male who is able to address the victim by their full name.

The caller identifies himself as an official calling about a federal matter. The victim is told they owe a portion of their taxes and that they are not to directly contact the government.

The caller says he could help for a fee and if victims refuse to pay they will be arrested and jailed.

The RCMP never solicits people for money by phone. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up.

Victims of fraud are asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca or call the RCMP.

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