The Canada Revenu Agency CRA phone scam [CRA fraud calls] is not new and scammers have been doing it for years. Canadians receive calls claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.
A scammer calls and tells you that you owe money to the government. He uses fear to force you into making a payment by different methods. The individuals making the calls are very organized and work in groups. In almost all cases, they don’t even call from Canada. They are located in India or Pakistan. They usually leave you a message with a phone number to call back. You’re threatened with legal action if you don’t cooperate. They can also tell you that there is a warrant for your arrest.
Many Canadians have been victims of the CRA Phone Scam or Fraud Calls. They lose thousands of dollars because of fear. Some even reported threats to their immigration status.
The funniest demands from the scammers are the payment methods. They ask their victims to pay them with gift cards, Bitcoins or other crazy ways.
The Canada Revenue Agency will not threaten you for falling on your taxes. They will never ask you to make a payment using gift cards or cryptocurrencies.
If you receive a call that implies, you owe money to the CRA, Hang up immediately. You can verify the information by calling the Canada Revenue Agency with their official phone number here. It can be difficult sometimes to get in touch with a CRA agent but you must insist and Do Not Make A Payment. You can also visit My Account online to check if you have a debt with the government.