Rev­enue Canada scam

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Taber/Vaux­hall RCMP has re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints where the caller claims to be from Rev­enue Canada, these have been found to be tele­phone scams.

The fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion was taken from the Cana­dian Rev­enue Agency web­site:

Some re­cent tele­phone scams in­volve threat­en­ing taxpayers or us­ing ag­gres­sive and force­ful lan­guage to scare them into pay­ing fic­ti­tious debt to the CRA. Vic­tims re­ceive a phone call from a per­son claim­ing to work for the CRA and say­ing that taxes are owed. The caller re­quests im­me­di­ate pay­ment by credit card or con­vinces the vic­tims to pur­chase a pre­paid credit card and to call back im­me­di­ately with the in­for­ma­tion. The tax­payer is of­ten threat­ened with court charges, jail or de­por­ta­tion.

If you get such a call, hang up and re­port it to the Cana­dian An­tiFraud Cen­tre.

These calls are fraud­u­lent and could re­sult in iden­tity and fi­nan­cial theft.

These types of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are not from the CRA. When the CRA calls you, it has es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures in place to make sure your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion is pro­tected. If you want to con­firm the au­then­tic­ity of a CRA tele­phone num­ber, call the CRA by us­ing the num­bers on its Tele­phone num­bers page. The num­ber for busi­ness-re­lated calls is 1-800-959-5525. The num­ber for calls about in­di­vid­ual con­cerns is 1-800-959-8281.

To help you iden­tify pos­si­ble scams, use the fol­low­ing guide­lines:

The CRA:

· Never re­quests pre­paid credit cards.

· Never asks for in­for­ma­tion about your pass­port, health card, or driver’s li­cence.

· Never shares your tax­payer in­for­ma­tion with another per­son, un­less you have pro­vided the ap­pro­pri­ate au­tho­riza­tion.

· Never leaves per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on your an­swer­ing ma­chine or asks you to leave a mes­sage con­tain­ing your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on an an­swer­ing ma­chine.

The CRA does not ask for money trans­fers or ask any­one to send money through Western Union. The CRA men­tioned most peo­ple that have lost money to this scam had not owed any money and their taxes were in or­der.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please go to the CRA web­site at

www.cra-arc.gc.ca

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