Beware of telephone scams

Oct. 23/15

Some recent telephone scams involve threatening taxpayers or using aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) . Victims receive a phone call from a person claiming to work for the CRA and saying that taxes are owed.

The CRA:

  • never requests prepaid credit cards;
  • never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver's licence;
  • never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

 

For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or the RCMP.

For more information: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2015/l150610-eng.html