As tax season nears to its end, I would like to remind residents to be cautious of potential telephone scammers claiming to be with the CRA. Suspected scams involving identity theft are no laughing matter and should be taken seriously. The Ottawa Police has a web page dedicated to how to respond to common scams including an item focused on people pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency as well as where to report incidences. Here is what they say:
“Over the years, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has noted an increase in tax related scams. Recent victims have said they have received calls or text messages from someone claiming to be from the Ottawa Police or calling on behalf of the CRA and recent calls have involved threatening or aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying a fictitious debt. Sometimes callers have even been reported saying there is a warrant for your arrest by police. Beware–these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft. More information on common CRA scams. If you’ve been a victim of this type of Fraud, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281.”
Please remember that any persons from the CRA who wish to contact you will do so in an identifiable and notable manner. For the full web page with other potential scams, please click here.