Beware of tax fraud schemes and what the CRA will and will not do.
If you get a call, text, email, or even letter that sounds like a scam, it probably is.
While the traditional phone scam is still alive and well, fraudulent letters supposedly from the Canada Revenue Agency are also now being sent to people’s homes.
When the CRA contacts you, it makes sure your personal information is protected.
The CRA will never:
- demand instant payment or pressure you to act immediately
- request payment by e-transfer, prepaid credit card, Bitcoin, or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, etc.
- set up a meeting with you in a public place to take a payment
- ask for personal information by email or text message
- ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license
- send you a text message (any text message from the CRA is a scam)
- leave personal information on an answering machine
- threaten or use nasty language
- threaten to send the police to your house
- threaten you with arrest or a prison sentence
When in doubt, check My Account or call the Canada Revenue Agency general number at 1-800-959-8281.
If Revenue Canada needs you to contact them for any reason, they will always give you their general number.
To learn more about your personal income tax and benefit information, and to manage your tax affairs online, go to canada.ca/my-cra-account.
For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) online at www.antifraudcentre.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information by mistake, contact your local police service.
For more information, go to canada.ca/taxes-fraud-prevention.
Scammers have found a new way to claim victims.
Date: March 26, 2019
Letters supposedly from the Canada Revenue Agency are now being sent to peoples homes.
Lisanne Roy-Beauchamp is from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. She says there are a few things that will tip you off about the fraudulent letter. There will be errors and spelling mistakes, they will use a local number and the email address won’t be a government one.
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