Canada Revenue Agency Tax Scam Continues to Circulate
Members from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are issuing a warning to residents about fraudulent phone calls after police received reports from concerned residents. Fraudsters are calling homeowners and indicating that a criminal investigation has been conducted and arrest warrants were being prepared stemming from overdue taxes owed to the government. The fraudsters represent themselves as an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to legitimize their fraudulent attempts to get residents to send them money and gain valuable personal information in the process.
Residents are also contacting police to report they had received a phone call from someone claiming to be calling from the CRA and that they had forwarded a large quantity of money through a money gram after the homeowner was told they owed money and had to pay immediately.
Fraudsters may also be advising homeowners that they are in receipt of income tax credits and to forward their personal banking information to claim the cash.
The OPP are reminding all residents to be extremely vigilant when receiving phone calls or e-mails from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency or a police service inquiring about personal information and demanding payment on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency. These types of calls are designed to create anxiety and complete shock for the unsuspecting resident resulting in personal and financial information being disclosed.
For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca