With the tax filing season upon use, Charlottetown Police Services remind the public to be aware of the CRA scam and to protect themselves against being victims of fraud.
The fraudster pretends to be with the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency), calls unwitting tax payers and tells them that they owe money from a past tax return. The tax payer is told that they will incur additional fees, face jail time, be arrested by Police or be deported if they fail to pay. Payment usually consists of a bitcoin transaction, wire transfer or prepaid gift cards. These scammers are very threatening and entice fear.
How to protect yourself:
- Tell the caller that you will call the CRA directly and inquiry from them why they are calling. Never provide personal information on inbound calls. Ask who is calling and document the information.
- Hang up and call the CRA directly to inquire why they are calling you.