Peel Police – Peel Police Reminds Public of Canada Revenue Agency Fraud

Peel – Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention Services would like to remind the public about an ongoing scam involving fraudulent communications from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  Police have received numerous reports from residents who have received phone, mail or emails appearing to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.  These communications indicate that either the CRA owes them a refund, or that they owe the CRA in back taxes, which is to be paid immediately.

The caller will then ask you to provide personal information in order to receive the benefit or pay the outstanding bill.

Canada Revenue Agency will not request personal information of any kind of a taxpayer by email.

Here are some tips to remember when you are in receipt of any communication (phone, mail or e-mail) appearing to be from CRA:

  • Do not take immediate action.  Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
  • Ask yourself why the CRA would ask for personal information (whether by phone, mail or e-mail) that they likely should already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
  • Contact the CRA to confirm that you, in fact, owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.

For other crime prevention strategies, please contact Sergeant B. Rutz at (905) 453-2121 ext. 4020.

For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA, visit the Canada Revenue Web page atwww.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html

To learn more about this type of scam and other fraud scams please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121 ext 4027

Like Peel Regional Police on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PeelPoliceMedia

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s