(Black Press Media file photo)

(Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria cop stops driver mid-call with CRA scammer

VicPd K9 officer halts the scam, tickets uninsured driver

While he evaded a scammer, one apparent distracted driver had his vehicle towed Friday afternoon.

A VicPD K9 officer was stopped at the intersection at Blanshard and Yates streets on Friday around 12:30 p.m. when he saw a vehicle in the centre lane with its signal light on and the driver with a phone to his ear, says Victoria Police Department in a news release.

The officer pulled the vehicle over.

When he approached, the driver told the officer he was on a call with the Canada Revenue Agency telling him he owed money. As is common with the CRA scam, legal action was threatened if he didn’t pay.

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While the officer recognized the common scam, the driver didn’t manage to evade the law.

Without valid insurance, police issued a ticket and his vehicle was towed.

CRA scams are a common fraud. For help in recognizing a fraud visit vicpd.ca/fraud.


 

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