CRA Scam On The Rise
Police (OPP) are receiving complaints from area residents who have received phone calls from people purported to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating that they owed money and that there was an outstanding warrant of arrest if not paid. This scam has been reported in the past, however, the scammers are coinciding this scam with income tax paying time.
Police say you should
- Hang up immediately if there's anything suspicious or unprofessional about the call - the CRA will NEVER threaten you with immediate arrest, use abusive language or send police.
- The CRA will NEVER request a payment by Interac e-transfer, online currency such as bitcoin, pre-paid credit cards or pre-paid gift cards such as iTunes, Home Depot, etc. The CRA's accepted methods of payment are online banking, debit card, credit card or PayPal through a third-party service provider and pre-authorized debit.
If you or someone you know suspects they have been targeted by a phone call scam, contact the OPP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre