Fraudsters impersonating the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are contacting people via phone and text, threatening them with arrest or even huge fines if they do not provide the information they require. This latest swindle appears to be linked to internet purchases being halted at the border after the goods are discovered to be unlawful. The fear is that if you don’t pay right away, you’ll be arrested and/or face jail time

Fraudsters impersonating the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are contacting people via phone and text, threatening them with arrest or even huge fines if they do not provide the information they require. This latest swindle appears to be linked to internet purchases being halted at the border after the goods are discovered to be unlawful. The fear is that if you don’t pay right away, you’ll be arrested and/or face jail time

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.

If by chance you may have released sensitive personal information don’t be ashamed, it can happen. However, contact your financial service provider and the authorities, immediately. BIPOC small business owners more optimistic than most about post-pandemic recovery A pedestrian walks past a vacant storefront as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact small businesses Monday, November 23, 2020 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan RemiorzOntario CEO tests four-day work week for employees, says she won’t go back.Luxury brand Coach will stop destroying unwanted goods following TikTok outrage Asian shares rise as Wall Street tech gain boosts optimism

Saskatchewan and COVID-19: How did its fourth wave death rate become the highest in Canada? Saskatchewan has been battered by COVID-19’s fourth wave, struggling with a surge in cases and deaths and a health care system that is on the brink of being overwhelmed — a cautionary tale, the beginnings of which can be traced back to the summer when public health measures ceased, according to one expert. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine stands in a tray before use at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis.

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