Apparently, some scams are too good to give up! The CRA Fraud Scheme is one of them. The scams trick people into providing personal information (e.g. full name, address, social insurance number) and / or paying money – 965 people lost almost $4.7 million in 2017. The scammers can be convincing, aggressive and even abusive. For example, you may be told immediate payment is required failing which a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
The CRA will not:
- send you a text message;
- send you an email message, other than to direct you to new mail from CRA in your “My Account” if you registered to receive most mail from CRA online;
- send a link for you to click;
- ask you to provide personal or financial information unless you have initiated a request of the CRA;
- ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message;
- request payments by prepaid credit cards;
- give taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer;
- leave personal information on an answering machine.
The CRA offers more advice about how to detect a scam and protect yourself.