CRA Phone Fraud Slams The Region, Vulnerable People Ripped Off

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(Fort Frances, ON) – The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has recently received several complaints from local citizens regarding phone calls where the caller is identifying themselves as a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). There are times that the CRA may contact you by telephone.

However the CRA will never:

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  • ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license.
  • demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others.
  • use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police.
  • leave voicemails that are threatening or give personal or financial information

It is very important that you ensure the person you are talking to, is from the CRA. If they are demanding payment or threatening that the police will come and arrest you, it is a scam.

You can access you CRA account on their secure website at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/cra-login-services.html

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Should you receive a call and are curious about the legitimacy, please ensure you check your account or call the CRA from the official website at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/income-tax.html

Find hints on how to know what to expect if the CRA contact you at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/newsroom/tax-tips/tax-tips-2018/what-to-expect-cra-contacts-you.html

Persons who may have experienced this type of situation are urged to contact PHONEBUSTERS at 1-888-495-8501 or via email at info@antifraudcentre.ca .

Source: OPP

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One Reply to “CRA Phone Fraud Slams The Region, Vulnerable People Ripped Off”

  1. I got one of those calls yesterday. Knowing it was a fake I listened to most of the message. They were mixing up US and Cdn government agency names. It was good for some light entertainment on a quiet afternoon.
    The phone number shown was 416-146-586. Since this is obviously an invalid phone number why can’t the phone companies simply block it?

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