FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP say that the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam continues to be an issue in the Fort St. John area.
The scam artist calls the intended victim and purports to be an officer with the Canada Revenue Agency who tells the victim that they owe back taxes and that the easiest way for them to avoid jail time is to send the CRA the back taxes in the form of iTunes gift cards or prepaid Visa gift cards.
The CRA scam has continued to evolve and use different ploys and tactics to swindle unsuspecting victims for at least the past five years.
Your best course of action is to hang up your phone if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an officer with the CRA. The real Canada Revenue Agency will not call you and any correspondence directed to you will be received by regular or registered mail.
- The CRA will never ask for personal information through an email or text message or by clicking on a link.
- The CRA will never request payment by prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards, and it does not send emails containing details of a tax refund or Interac e-transfer payments.
- The CRA advises Canadians to confirm the status of their tax accounts before taking any action that may be the result of pressure from suspicious calls or emails, and to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281 or by checking My Account or My Business Account.
- For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.
- If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.
- If you’ve shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.
If you receive a scam phone call, the RCMP says you don’t need to contact them and your best course of action is to just hang up on the call.
For more information on this fraud and others click on this link:
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm or call them at: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll-free at 1-888-495-8501