Mounties warn residents Canada Revenue Agency scams on the rise

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has seen a notable increase in calls to police about the CRA scam.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reports there has been a notable increase in calls to police about the Canada Revenue Agency scam, which has surfaced once again.

“The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is noting an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) however is not. These calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft,” says Const. Kelly Brett

“Some recent telephone scams involve the suspect threatening taxpayers or using aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the CRA.”

Brett adds that victims often receive a phone call from a person claiming to work for the CRA who says that taxes are owed.

The suspect usually requests immediate payment by credit card or will convince the victim to purchase bit coins and demand that they call the suspect back immediately with the information.

The taxpayer is often threatened with court charges, jail or even deportation. None of which is real.

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RCMP offer the following tips about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam:

  1. The CRA advises Canadians to confirm the status of their tax accounts before taking any action that may be the result of pressure from suspicious calls or emails, and to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281;
  2. The CRA will never request prepaid credit cards, iTunes gift cards or bit coin payments, and it will not send emails containing details of a tax refund or Interac e-transfer payments;
  3. The CRA will never ask for information about your passport, health services card, driver’s licence or social security number;
  4. The CRA will never leave personal information on your voicemail service;
  5. If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account;
  6. If you’ve shared banking information with a scammer, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your accounts;
  7. You DO NOT need to call your local RCMP detachment if you have only received a scam phone call. Hanging up the phone is the best course of action you can take. Call your local police only if you have been victimized by the scam.

For more information on fraud prevention, please visit the BC RCMP website here, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre here.

Related: Police say story of pretend cops ‘arresting’ woman in CRA scam fake

Related: Scam warning issued

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