Canada Revenue Scams - Again!
2017-04-24 11:39 PDT
File # 2017-scam
Well, it seems to be that time of the year when fraudsters call alleging to be an officer from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Langley RCMP offers a caution and some information to assist you in not falling victim to a scam.
These individuals make contact and threaten in a variety of different ways. They may suggest the resident’s account is in arrears and the debt must be paid immediately or they will be arrested. They may leave a voicemail insisting on a call back and suggest the resident will be left to face the consequences. They may even suggest the resident may receive a refund or benefit.
Unfortunately, these calls come from prepaid cell phones and are not traceable.
The Canada Revenue Agency offers many helpful tips on avoiding scams on their website,
Know How to Recognize a Scam. This is an excellent reference (a portion of which appears below) and readers are encouraged to visit their website for information on scams and much more!
If you receive a call saying you owe money to the CRA, you can call us or check My Account to be sure.
If you have signed up for online mail (available through My Account, My Business Account, and Represent a Client), the CRA will do the following:
- send a registration confirmation email to the address you provided for online mail service for an individual or a business; and
- send an email to the address you provided to notify you when new online mail is available to view in the CRA's secure online services portal.
The CRA will not do the following:
- send email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information;
If you call the CRA to request a form or a link for specific information, a CRA agent will forward the information you are requesting to your email during the telephone call. This is the only circumstance in which the CRA will send an email containing links.
- ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message.
- request payments by prepaid credit cards.
- give taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
- leave personal information on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
- Did I sign up to receive online mail through My Account, My Business Account, or Represent a Client?
- Did I provide my email address on my income tax and benefit return to receive mail online?
- Am I expecting more money from the CRA?
- Does this sound too good to be true?
- Is the requester asking for information I would not provide in my tax return?
Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
If you do have a debt with the CRA and can't pay in full, take action right away. For more information, go to When you owe money – collections at the CRA.
Cpl. Holly LargyMedia Relations Officer
Langley RCMP Detachment - "Connected with our Community"
22180 - 48A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 8B7
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