Scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees continue to contact Canadians, misleading them into paying false debt.
These persistent scammers have created fear among people who now automatically assume that any communication from someone representing the CRA is not genuine.
If you receive a phone call from a person claiming to be from the CRA please remember they will never ask for,
- Personal information about your passport, health card or drivers license.Demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others
- use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police
- leave voicemails that are threatening
Make sure the caller is a CRA employee before you give any information over the phone,
- Ask for or make a note of the callers name, work section and office location and tell them that you want to first verify their identity.
- You can then check that the employee calling you about your taxes works for the CRA or that the CRA did contact you by calling 1-800-959-8281 for individual or 1-800959-5525 for businesses.
To report a CRA scam you can go online and report at antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
( above information taken from Government of Canada online site )
If you think you may be the victim of fraud or you unknowingly provided personal or financial information, please contact your local police service and financial institution.