Scammers are back so don’t be fooled.

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.

I personally received this threat via text. I deleted it immediately.

Logically we all know that no government agency, legitimate business or financial institution would threaten a client, ever!

While most of these calls are easy to identify as being fake, the scamming techniques are always evolving.

In fact, the CBSA is warning Canadians via Twitter to beware of scammers, saying, “We will never call, text or email you asking for your SIN or credit card information.”

Here are few ways that immediately signal you should hang up or delete the message before engaging:

  • Any sort of threat at all such as a fine or arrest for non-compliance to their requests.
  • You are asked to pay a fine immediately with gift cards, cryptocurrency or any other usual form of payment.
  • There is a recommendation you are entitled to government benefits or relief programs and suggest you apply immediately and the fraudster then asks for personal information to…

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