Scammer targets Tofino businesses

Local businesses have reportedly received calls from a person claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.

A potential phone scam is ringing through Tofino.

Local businesses have reportedly received calls from a person claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency who is suggesting an error has been made on their tax returns and requesting personal information.

Staff at Tofino’s Ecolodge alerted Tofino-Long Beach chamber of commerce executive director Jen Dart to the scam and Dart immediately notified the chamber’s membership.

“The Chamber exists to help businesses do business, and this is one way we can help— by sharing information that’s of value to our members,” Dart told the Westerly.

“This was a particularly effective scam that had quite a few people rattled, and I’m glad we were able to hopefully prevent it from affecting anyone in Tofino.”

She encourages businesses to reach out to the chamber with any information that could be helpful to others.

“The Chamber network is very effective at reaching most of Tofino’s business community, and really that’s the community of Tofino since so many locals are also business owners. There’s value in collaborating with each other on many different levels, this being a good example,” she said.

“Letting us know about this means you’ve by extension informed 300 other people in town know about it. We’re happy to provide this service and the many others we provide to our members.”

Anyone looking for more information about the current alleged scam is encouraged to visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

 

andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

VIDEO: Santa visits Tofino

The event included a hearty breakfast, highland dancing and a Purple Dragon demonstration.

Strong winds expected to hit north, west Vancouver Island: Environment Canada

Environment Canada said southeast winds will reach speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

Wet snow, rain expected on Vancouver Island this weekend

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Dec. 7

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Port Alberni’s John Jack joins First Nations LNG Alliance

Jack represents Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Kwispaa LNG project

Union says arrows and gasoline tossed at striking Comox Valley assisted living workers

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Break-in at home of detained Chinese Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on America’s request

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Most Read