Recently there have been a number of people receiving calls from individuals alleging to work for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In these calls they have been threatened with court action, jail or deportation if payment of a fictitious tax liability is not made immediately.
These calls are not from the CRA, but from fraudsters. This is the latest of the many scams out there that have been created to steal money from hard working honest people. In this particular scam the goal is to frighten you into giving up your personal information (e.g. social insurance number) and financial information (banking and credit card details) for the purpose of identity and financial theft.
Clues That You Received A Fraudulent CRA Call
The caller requests information about:
• Your credit card and / or bank information (including prepaid credit cards);
• Information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license.
The caller leaves personal information on your voice mail and / or asks you to leave personal information on their voice mail when you return their call.
The caller is requesting information that is already included on your income tax return.
Received a Fraudulent Call? What Should You Do?
Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:
• www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca; or
• Toll free at 1-888-495-8501.
If you have been a victim of fraud or have provided your personal or financial information to a fraudster then contact your local police service.
In order to confirm the legitimacy of CRA call that you have received, call the CRA phone numbers below:
• CRA phone number for businesses – 1 (800)959-5525;
• CRA phone number for individuals – 1 (800)959-8281.
Beware, but also be aware!
If you receive calls and emails that are dealing with your personal and financial information; confirm the legitimacy of these types of communication from a third party source. In the case of the CRA, contact the CRA numbers provided above.
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