Elgin County, ON - The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police would like the public
to be aware of a fraud scam that is circulating at the moment due to tax season.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center continues to receive daily complaints about fraudsters
targeting Canadians by email and phone regarding their taxes. Below are two scenarios
that a person may see according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center:
The first involves fraudsters calling consumers impersonating the Canada Revenue
Agency (CRA) claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed
taxes. Repayment is required immediately. Fraudsters threaten consumers that failure
to pay will result in additional fees and/or jail time or deportation. Fraudsters
request payment by a money service business (e.g. Western Union) or pre-paid cards
/ gift cards (iTunes).
The second involves consumers receiving an email indicating a refund is pending
from the CRA. The email includes a link that directs consumers to a website that
mimics the actual CRA. Consumers are urged to input their information before receiving
the refund (email money transfer). Victims that input their information, including
Social Insurance Number (SIN), Date of Birth (DOB), banking information, are subject
to identity fraud. No refund is ever issued.
How to protect yourself against these types of fraud:
- The CRA will use registered mail to contact consumers.
- Contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund. (Telerefund
phone number is 1-800-959-1956 which is automated)
- Never provide personal information on inbound phone calls. Ask who is calling, document
information and do your homework.
- The CRA would never request payment by money service business or iTunes gift cards.
- If you've shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place
fraud alerts on your account.
- If you've shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution
to place alerts on your account.
For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact
the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca
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