OPP Warn Of New CRA Scam

Posted: 2019-10-18 11:40:24 By: hbr

OPP received several complaints from residents who had received phone calls that claim to be from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating that they owed money and that there was an outstanding warrant of arrest if not paid.

While this scam has been reported in the past, there is a new twist being used. The scammers ask for the name of your local police force or detachment that services your area and then pretend to place a conference call with that detachment. This is a scam. 

Police are advising you to:

  • 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.

If you or someone you know suspects they have been targeted by a phone call scam, contact your local OPP detachment, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501