Toronto police alert public of CRA telephone tax scam

The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit would like to warn the public about the ongoing Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) telephone scam.

It starts with someone calling claiming to be with the CRA and saying you owe overdue taxes. The callers are aggressive and often claim you can be arrested if the money is not paid immediately. The callers insist the money be paid by way of Bitcoin or other crypto currencies, gift cards, credit card, or through Western Union. In some cases the fraudsters use a program to display the telephone number of either the revenue agency or local police on the victim’s caller ID display.

Numerous residents have continued to receive telephone calls from these scammers. The public should be aware that police do not collect money for the Canada Revenue Agency.

The CRA will not send email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information, ask for personal information of any kind, request payments by prepaid credit cards, leave personal information on an answering machine or send the police after you

If you receive a call, hang up the phone immediately. Do not give out any personal information, including identification numbers, passwords or financial information.

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