The Rainy River District OPP wants to remind people to be aware of tax scams.
At this time of year, Canadians face many types of scams with perpetrators claiming to be agents of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Along with the RCMP, the OPP wants people to “Recognize, Reject, and Report” any CRA scams.
- Recognize it
The majority of these scams are communicated through phone calls, e-mails, and text messages. In all of these cases, the perpetrator posing as a CRA agent attempts to gather personal information and/or intimidate a victim into providing financial payment.
This intimidation is done through, but not limited to, claims that the victim owes money, that a lawsuit has been filed against them, or a warrant for their arrest has been issued by the police.
Perpetrators also will try to gain personal information by claiming the victim needs to follow a specified link in an e-mail or text and confirm their personal information.
- Reject it
It is important to know that the CRA will never send you a text message. They will never threaten you with arrest and will never use abusive language.
The CRA also will never ask for payment through Interac e-transfer, online currency such as bitcoin, pre-paid credit cards, or pre-paid gift cards such as iTunes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc.
In all of these cases, hang up the phone or delete the e-mail/text message.
- Report it
If you believe you have been scammed, report it the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or by visiting www.antifraudcentre.ca