Beware of scams involving your taxes!
2017-06-02 08:48 PDT
File # 2017-13096
Police in North Vancouver are warning the public again of phone and e-mail scams where a fraudster purports to be a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) representative. Police report people are being called by someone claiming to be from the tax agency using coercive and threatening language. The victim is often threatened with court charges, jail or deportation.
The caller pressures the potential victim into paying a non-existent tax debt. North Vancouver RCMP recently received a number of such complaints from local citizens. One person in particular, after receiving such a phone call, purchased $4000.00 in I-Tunes cards, phoning in the cards’ serial numbers to the unknown fraudster.
People are also being sent e-mails which contain what appears to be the website of the CRA. At this point they are asked to enter extremely personal information.
Police say that Canada Revenue Agency will never ask you for information about your passport, health card or driver’s licence. It will also never leave personal information on an answering machine, or ask you to do the same. (View CRA website for more information)
In order for people to better protect themselves against becoming a victim of fraud with regard to income tax scams, either via telephone or e-mail, police recommend that people ask themselves 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 have a tax balance outstanding?
- Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
- 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 to obtain more information.
Cpl. Richard De JongMedia Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
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