Tax season brings out the scammers: Mounties remind everyone it is not a crime to hang up the phone


2021-05-18 14:16 PDT

RCMP is reminding everyone to remain mindful of criminals posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees.

The scam follows a pattern where an unexpected contact is received from an individual identifying themselves as a representative to the CRA. As the fraud unfolds, the caller aggressively attempts to solicit the victim’s credit information or payment for delinquent income taxes.

The call or correspondence appears urgent and authentic, says Corporal Mike Rail. If contacted we urge you to pause a moment-hang up the phone-and speak to a family member or friend before responding.

Tips to protect yourself from tax fraud:

To confirm a CRA representative the public is encouraged to contact the CRA at-1-800-959-8281 for individual concerns or-1-800-959-5525 for business related calls has contacted you.

For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud visit bcrcmp or CRA or Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFA) .

**Release provided with assistance of UFVRD Corporal Mike Rail.

Released by

Sgt. Sascha Banks

Sea to Sky Operations Support NCO i/c
Squamish RCMP
1000 Finch Drive, Squamish BC V8B 0M5
Office: 604-892-6150
Cell: 604-389-8391
Fax: 604-892-6140


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