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RCMP asks Manitobans to stop calling 911 to report CRA scam after spike in calls

RCMP are reminding Manitobans to only dial 911 in the case of an emergency after a recent surge in calls reporting a common over the phone scam.

RCMP received 100 calls in 1 day alone from people trying to report over the phone CRA scammers

RCMP want people who have received calls by scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency officials to stop trying to report the scam by calling 911. (CBC)

RCMP are reminding Manitobans to only dial 911 in the case of an emergency after a recent surge in calls reporting a phone scam.

On Friday alone, RCMP took at least 100 calls to its emergency call centre from people trying to report scammers posing as Canadian Revenue Agency officials, RCMP spokesperson Rob Cyrenne said.

"It's really important that they do not call 911 for these types of scam calls," Cyrenne said.

"What we're seeing is there's lots of people in the queue of our 911 complaint centre, and what's happening is we can't tell the difference between a real emergency or the people that are calling to report a scam."

Cyrenne said it's important people not give out any personal or financial information over the phone.

"Simply hang up on the individual and that is always the best method," he said.

Anyone who would like to report scams can instead call the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

"We would hate to see that someone's not getting timely response because of calls that are not 911-related," Cyrenne added.

Listen to a recording of the scam below:

RCMP are reminding Manitobans to only dial 911 in the case of an emergency after a recent surge in calls reporting a common over the phone scam. 0:58