Beware of Canada Revenue Agency Scam in Niagara

A Public Advisory from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey

Posted July 18th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario –Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre would like to alert the public about renewed Canada Revenue Agency scams going on in the region.

Mr. Badawey would like to remind the public to be vigilant when dealing with callers or emails claiming to be from CRA officials. The scam claims to be about a tax audit performed on past tax filing years, the result of which is that you are owed a refund. They state that your refund cannot be processed until you provide your credit card information.

The public is reminded that when the CRA calls Canadians, they take significant precautions to protect personal information by:

  • ·       Keeping your access codes, user ID, passwords, and PINs secret.
  • ·       Never providing personal information through the Internet or by email. The CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email.
  • ·       Keeping your access codes, user ID, passwords, and PINs secret.
  • ·       Keeping your address current with all government departments and agencies.
  • ·       Choosing your tax preparer carefully! Make sure you choose someone you trust and check their references. Always review your return, agree with the content before filing, and follow up to make sure you receive your notice of assessment, since it contains important financial and personal information that belongs to you.
  • ·       Being careful before you click on links in any email you receive. Some criminals may be using a technique known as phishing to steal your personal information when you click on the link.
  • ·       Protecting your social insurance number. Don’t use it as a piece of ID and never reveal it to anyone unless you are certain the person asking for it is legally entitled to that information.
  • ·       Immediately report lost or stolen credit or debit cards.

Further, the CRA will:

  • ·       Never request prepaid credit cards;
  • ·       Never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
  • ·       Never shares your personal information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • ·       Never leaves personal information on your answering machine, or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

If you believe you are a victim of fraudulent CRA communications, please follow these steps:

  • ·       If you have received deceptive telemarketing, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501
  • ·       If you may have been the victim of fraud or been tricked into given out your personal information, call the Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111
  • ·       If your SIN number has been stolen, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218
  • ·       You can ask the CRA to disable online access to your account, call 1-800-959-8281

The public is reminded that if they receive a call, text message or email where they are skeptical, to call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.  For more information, go to the CRA Fraud Prevention webpage at http://www.cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention.

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