Scammers posing as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) contact people by phone and text, threatening arrest, or even heavy fines if they fail to provide the required information. This latest scam appears to have something to do with internet purchases being stopped at the border after the goods were discovered to be illegal. The fear is that if you don’t pay immediately, you will be arrested and / or face jail time

Scammers posing as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) contact people by phone and text, threatening arrest, or even heavy fines if they fail to provide the required information.  This latest scam appears to have something to do with internet purchases being stopped at the border after the goods were discovered to be illegal.  The fear is that if you don't pay immediately, you will be arrested and / or face jail time

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  • A word of caution: Never feel pressured to respond. Look closely for obvious signs of a scam, and don’t be afraid to speak up. Scammers prey on all, but the vulnerable can be more susceptible. If you feel the need to verify whether a call is legitimate, ask the caller for their name, location and phone number. Call the Canada Revenue Agency or CBSA with the number provided on the website to determine whether the information is real. The sophistication of these scams in some cases can be scary, so never hesitate to report it by calling 1-888-495-8501 or report it online via the anitfraudcentre.ca.

  • Fraudsters posing as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are targeting people by phone and text, and going so far as to threaten them with arrest or even large fines if they don’t provided them with the information they are looking for. This current scam seems to be associated with online purchases being blocked at the border and the goods being found to be illegal. The threat is for immediate payment or face arrest and/or potential jail time.

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