Ottawa: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) warns all taxpayers to beware of telephone calls or emails that claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing and other fraudulent scams that could result in identity and financial theft.
Recently, several Langley residents have received suspicious phone calls from an unknown caller who alleges to be an officer from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The male caller advises the resident that a review of his previous years taxes shows their account to be in $3000 in arrears. The caller explains the debt must be paid within a half hour and if not, it would result in his/ her arrest.
The resident is then instructed to go to a local store and purchase a prepaid credit card and call back with the card number and the PIN (Personal Identification Number).
The CRA would never ask credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. People are asked to contact RCMP if any such call comes.