There are many current types of fraud that you need to be aware of. New ones are being invented daily, including a scam that includes fraudulent communication from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
To identify communication not from CRA, be aware of these guidelines:
The CRA will not do the following:
- threaten with police arrest;
- use nasty language;
- ask for credit card information;
- ask for personal information of any kind by email or text messages;
- request payments by prepaid credit cards;
- give taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer; or
- leave personal information on an answering machine.
If you receive a call or communication from CRA that you are unsure about, please contact HGA office for assistance.
For more information about CRA Fraud Prevention, you can visit www.cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention
To report a scam, contact your local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca