Canada Revenue Agency Scam Phone Calls Making the Rounds Yet Again

Canadians continue to get phone calls by scammers claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency, demanding private information over the phone, with some asking for payment in iTunes cards.

CRA phone scam

Callers will receive an automated recording informing them there is some sort of criminal case against them and legal action may be taken. They are then told to call back a number over their unknown tax issue or face consequences.

The Victoria Police Department advised residents the phone calls have been making their way around the Capital Regional District lately, and advised to never divulge your personal information over the phone.

Others have also been receiving these CRA scammer calls, which are totally bogus:

Some of these callers are also able to spoof their caller ID to make it look like they are calling from the CRA, which is not the case.

The videos below a Calgary police officer calling back a scammer, and also a video example of what these calls may sound like:

YouTube video

YouTube video

According to the CRA, they will never request personal or financial information from you over the phone or email, or ask you visit a website to make a payment or enter your confidential info.

If you believe you may have been a victim to one of these scams, the CRA advises you to call your local police service. You can also report ‘deceptive telemarketing’ to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

Last month, it was reported numerous Vancouver residents fell victim to these CRA scams, with one man making $2,000 in payments via iTunes gift cards, while others lost upwards of $18,000.

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