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
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