PICTOU – Telephone tax scams are making their rounds again locally and Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding citizens to be wary of any telephone calls or e-mails they receive from individuals claiming to be representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
RCMP across Nova Scotia continue to respond to complaints of fraudsters attempting to scam people out of their money by claiming to be representatives of the CRA. Recent scams involve telephone calls using threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into pre-paying fictitious debt to the CRA, as well as e-mails that refer citizens to a website resembling the CRA where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information.
Police say the CRA would never ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence and they would never leave personal information on your answering machine or ask you to leave such information on an answering machine.
When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers listed on their website at www.cra.gc.ca.
Police say when in doubt, ask yourself: Am I expecting additional money 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? Are they asking for information the CRA already has on file? How did the requester get my e-mail address/phone number? Am I confident I know who is asking for the information? Is there a reason the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
If you receive a suspicious e-mail or phone call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm.