What the fraud
IT'S TAX SEASON!
Stress is up, papers are out, and you are trying to get things organized and life is happening. Then you get a phone call from somebody claiming to be from the CRA and they are telling you that you owe money and if you don't pay, somebody will be by to pick you up and throw you in jail!
Is this really the CRA? It might be, it might not be.
I've received this call and I can honestly say, even my heart jump a beat and raced a bit. I have also had several clients call me after receiving a call from somebody claiming to be from the CRA or from a recording of somebody claiming to be from the CRA. It is very intimidating to receive the call as the person on the other end of the line is very demanding, pushy and threatening.
If you are already a client of mine, call me and we will discuss it. Most of the time, it isn't the CRA calling. Although, the CRA does call taxpayers often. If you don't have me in your corner, what should you do? Besides the obvious of getting me on your side, here are some tips for you:
- The CRA will not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards, gift cards or wire transfer;
- The CRA does not email or text Canadians and request personal or financial information;
- The CRA will not call you demanding money immediately or threatening arrest;
- If you are contacted and told you owe money or get a refund, always confirm with the CRA directly with their general enquires line or through your CRA "My Account". Do not use the contact information or links provided to you by potential scammer;
- Do not feel pressure to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story;
Calgary police warn against CRA scam - Metro Calgary, May 26, 2017
If you have been the victim of scam or have been threatened, please contact your local police (Calgary Police Service at 403.266.1234). I've been to a cyber-security seminar's put on by the CPS and they do have a very sophisticated cyber crime division.
You should also report phone call's or emails to the local police even if you have not lost money. (Calgary Police Service online reporting at www.calgarypolice.ca)