Have you or someone you know been phoned by the Canada Revenue Agency in connection with unpaid taxes or overdue payments? Have you or someone you know been threatened with court charges, jail or deportation? According to the North Vancouver office of the RCMP, chances are you have been the victim of a sophisticated fraud.
Whether it’s a voice pretending to be from the government, the police or the Revenue department, unless you know exactly what the caller is threatening, hang up and report the matter to the police. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling?
- Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
- Do I know that I have a tax balance outstanding?
- Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file?
- How did the requester get my e-mail address or telephone number?
If you receive such a fraudulent call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre or Canada Revenue Agency websites to obtain more information.
The RCMP advise that you always call someone for a second opinion before you give any money away to any type of person over the phone. North Vancouver police have recently received many such complaints from North Shore who have reported such phone scams. Coercive and threatening language has been used as well as automated phone voice messages leaving similar threatening messages.
You may also receive personal e-mails originating from what appears to be the official CRA website. The e-mails make a request for extremely personal information. Police remind everyone that Canada Revenue Agency does not use e-mail or voice messages to request information regarding taxes, passport, health card, or driver’s licence.
The final word from the RCMP is to never give any type of personal information over the phone unless you know exactly with whom you are talking. If you have been approached with any dubious request contact the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 before you give any money away.
By Staff Reporter