Canada Revenue Agency Scam Phone Calls & Emails
Over the last several months we have seen an increase in taxpayers receiving fraudulent communications that claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Taxpayers are contacted by telephone, mail, text message or email. In all these cases, the communication requests personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account, and/or passport numbers, from the taxpayer.
These fraudulent communications typically insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or benefit payment. Other communications urges taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. These are SCAMS and taxpayers should NEVER respond to these fraudulent communications, or click on any of the links provided.
What should I do if I receive a phone call from the CRA?
We encourage all our clients to contact our office before responding to emails, phone call, text messages, or letters. We can contract the CRA directly and verify the validity of the correspondence.
Examples of a fraudulent website which claims to provide you with a tax refund by entering information into the online form:
Example of fraudulent email sent which looks like an Interact Email Money Transfer.:
Example of a fraudulent letter:
Example of a fraudulent text message:
Example of a fraudulent email message:
What should I do if I receive CRA fraudulent correspondence?
We encourage all our clients to contact our office before responding to emails, phone call, text messages, or letters. We can contract the CRA directly and verify the validity of the correspondence.Google+