In a briefing on Wednesday, November 7 in Ottawa, the RCMP stated that they’ve arrested a dozen individuals in Canada in connection with fraud schemes.
In addition, Mounties report that they have successfully dismantled three major operations in India with the help of local police.
Typically, these scammers call Canadians pretending to be tax enforcers. They’ll tell people that they owe taxes, and state that they’ll be in trouble with the law if they don’t comply.
The RCMP counted 4,000 victims who have lost $15 million, and almost none of the money has been recovered.
As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency is having trouble reaching Canadians because so many people assume they are one of these fraudulent calls.
RCMP updating on CRA phone scams and call centres in India. Remember to recognize a scam, reject it and report it to the CAFC. https://t.co/he0D41YIHn @CanRevAgency @canantifraud pic.twitter.com/OD5f64Vh6l
— RCMP (@rcmpgrcpolice) November 7, 2018
Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Heidi Hofstad, Communications Manager, Pacific Region,
Canada Revenue Agency, who explained how residents can identify a fraudulent call.
“Scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees continue to contact Canadians, misleading them into paying false debt. These persistent scammers have created fear among people who now automatically assume that any communication from someone representing the CRA is not genuine,” she said.
“This tax tip will remind Canadians that the CRA does indeed contact taxpayers by phone, email and mail for legitimate reasons.”
|The CRA may||The CRA will never|
|· verify your identity by asking for personal information such as your full name, date of birth, address and account, or social insurance number
· ask for details about your account, in the case of a business enquiry
· call you to begin an audit process
|· ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license
· demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others
· use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police
· leave voicemails that are threatening or give personal or financial information
If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.
If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501. Alternatively, fraud can now be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) through a new, easy to use, Fraud Reporting System (FRS).
With files from the Canadian Press.