File # Income Tax Scam
2021-03-29 12:53 PDT

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

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 spokesperson for the UFVRD. 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:
  •  CRA officials will not request personal information by telephone or email;
  •  CRA does not demand payment by prepaid credit card;
  •  CRA does not threaten a client with court charges, jail or deportation.

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 External link, opens in a new windowCRA or External link, opens in a new windowCanadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFA) online.
 

Released by

Cpl. Mike Rail

Media Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
45877 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C8
Office: 604-393-3013
Fax: 604-393-3032

Email: UFVRD_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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