CRA ScamsThe Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported that Canadians lost almost $4.7 million to scammers claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency in 2017. So how can you protect yourself?
CRA WILL contact you via:
To verify your account, CRA may ask for your:
• Date of Birth
• Social insurance number
• Details of your account (such as information from your tax return)
CRA WILL contact you regarding:
• Notice of legal action to collect debts
• Location and name of your bank
• To begin an audit process
• To let you know you have mail in your online CRA account
• To provide a link to specific information you have asked for
CRA will NEVER:
• Text you
• Threaten you with arrest or jail time
• Ask for your passport number, driver’s license number, or any personal financial information
• Send threatening emails or voicemails
• Arrange to meet with you in person to collect payment
• Ask you to make immediate payment via e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit card or gift cards
Steps to take if you receive a suspicious call:
1.) Request the Caller’s Name, Agent ID, Phone Number, and office location.
2.) Tell them you want to verify their identity.
3.) Then call CRA at 1-800-959-8281 (for individuals) or 1-800-959-5525 (for business) to confirm that they are a legitimate agent.