Norfolk OPP is issuing a warning to residents after several members of the community have received calls from individuals claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Evidence indicates people in Haldimand are also getting these calls, which warn that a criminal investigation has been conducted and arrest warrants are being prepared stemming from overdue taxes owed to the government.
The fraudsters represent themselves as an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to legitimize their fraudulent attempts to get residents to send them money and gain valuable personal information in the process.
“We want all of our residents to be extremely vigilant when receiving phone calls or e-mails from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency or a police service, inquiring about personal information and demanding payment on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency,” says Norfolk OPP Constable Ed Sanchuk.
“These types of calls are designed to create anxiety and complete shock for the unsuspecting resident resulting in personal and financial information being disclosed.”
The Canada Revenue Agency does not do the following:
• The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email.
• The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
• The CRA will not leave any personal information or threatening messages on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
• Am I expecting any calls from the CRA?
• Does this sound too good to be true?
• Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
• Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
• How did the requester get my email address?
• Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
The following link to the Canada Revenue Agency website will assist in recognizing this and other scams that are plaguing Canadians: http://www.craarc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2015/l150610-eng.html
The website will provide an online means of reporting and offers great tips so that you do not become a victim of this or any other fraud.
For more information on fraud, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.