HOW TO IDENTIFY A CRA SCAM
In 2018, more than 4,000 victims lost out on over $15.2 million as a result of tax scammers pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
There is never a lack of individuals trying to take advantage of vulnerable and trusting people. Unfortunately, during times like these, these scammers also learn to adapt according to what’s happening in the community, or economy we are adjusting to. Recently, a couple of scams surrounding COVID-19 have already been reported and more could pop up in the upcoming weeks. By being aware of these, you can ensure you don’t become part of those statistics.
Communication Scams to Watch For:
- Phone Call
- Text Message
- Demanding personal info such as social insurance, credit card or bank account numbers
- Referencing debt you don’t have
- Threatening or coercive language
- Demanding Immediate payment, especially in the form of bitcoin or gift cards.
- You are prompted to visit a website outside of the canada.ca official domain
- Saying they’re sending the police.
Before You Respond, Ask Yourself…
- Is this link legit? Hover over it to see where it leads before you click
- Am I sure this caller or sender is a CRA employee? The CRA will never pressure or threaten you to take immediate action.
- Do I owe money to the CRA? if you know you don’t, it’s probably a scam
- Have I received an official statement of account recently? Government programs like Canada student loans or employment insurance will send you official statements – not a threatening phone call out of the blue.
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