ST. ANTHONY, N.L. – Don’t fall for phone calls alleging to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) pestering you for money owed, warns the St. Anthony RCMP.
The common fraud usually involves someone on the other end of the phone insisting that if the CRA isn’t paid immediately, a warrant will be issued for the person’s arrest and the RCMP sent to their door.
The RCMP advises you will not be arrested for unpaid taxes. If you receive such a call, do not provide any personal information and hang up.
You also shouldn’t trust the phone number shown on your call display because they can be also faked.
It’s a good idea to keep in mind that the CRA never asks for personal information in such a way.
The CRA would also never ask to be paid by untraditional ways such as bitcoins, iTunes cards and Western Union money transfers, the RCMP cautions.
You should only contact the police if you fall victim to fraudulent activity. Otherwise, if you have been targeted by scammers, immediately call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.