We are sending this email after receiving several calls from our clients who received telephone scams claiming to be from the CRA. We ask all our clients 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.
You should be especially aware of phishing scams asking for information such as credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. The CRA would never ask for this type of information.
Some recent telephone scams involve threatening or forceful language to scare you into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. If you get such a call, hang up and call us immediately at 905-270-0540 and our staff will report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
To help you identify possible scams, you can use the following guidelines:
- The CRA never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license;
- The CRA never use emails to communicate confidential information with tax payers or deliver them with information about refund, tax obligations or notice of assessments;
- The CRA never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.