FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Canada Revenue Agency scam where someone calls and asks for overdue tax payments, is still very much alive according to RCMP.
The RCMP says they are getting numerous calls everyday from people who have called saying they have fallen victim to the scam. They are educating people on what to do if you get a call, to avoid financial loss as well as identity theft.
Someone will call the victim, claiming they are from the CRA and claim that the victim owes overdue tax debt with the CRA. The scammers use aggressive language. They also will threaten the victim with arrest warrants or visits from police if the outstanding debt is not paid.
The latest scam is being targeted at new citizens of Canada when the caller tells them they will be deported if they do not pay the debt.
The caller will request payment in the following ways: by credit card, (immediate payment) money order/wire, prepaid visa card, gift cards, and to return the call immediately with the code on the back of the card.
Police say the scam might work because the victim feels intimidated, fear arrest or believe that the call is real.
RCMP state that if you want to confirm that a CRA representative has contacted you, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for individual concerns or 1-800-959-5525 for business-related calls.
Police are asking everyone to stay alert when you receive phone calls, mail, text messages or emails, from anyone who requests our personal information.
If you suspect that you have been contacted by a scammer, note the phone number showing on call display and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.