As part of the Belleville Police Service commitment to protect its citizen’s we would like to make you aware of possible attempts by fraudsters to exploit victims at tax time.
Reports from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre indicate the most common approach used by fraudsters is to impersonate the Canada Revenue Agency.
Typically, the victims are contacted by telephone or e-mail in attempts to obtain personal information or asking for outstanding taxes to be paid by a money service business or by pre-paid debit/credit cards. This is accomplished in two ways:
- Notification by phone or e-mail from the Canada Revenue Agency claiming a refund pending. In order for the recipient to receive the refund they must provide personal information.
- Consumers and businesses receive a notification by phone or e-mail that they owe “back taxes” as the result of an audit. The payment must be made immediately to avoid a fine or the recipient is told there is an outstanding warrant that can be avoided if the payment is made promptly. In many cases, individuals are told they will be deported if the taxes are not paid right away.
The following steps can be taken to protect yourself.
- Do not take immediate action, verify what you are being told is the truth.
- Ask why the Canadian Revenue Agency would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
- Contact the Canadian Revenue Agency to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal information.
For information about Fraud Scams visit the website of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.