OPP warning of Canada Revenue Agency scam
The Canada Revenue Agency headquarters in Ottawa is shown on Friday, November 4, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, June 1, 2015 12:40PM EDT
OPP are warning the public about a phone scam, where the caller poses as an agent from the Canada Revenue Agency.
According to police, there have been reports of residents receiving a call from a man claiming to be an employee for CRA. The man tells the resident that they owe money to the government and demand personal information.
Southern Georgian Bay OPP say on Thursday, a woman received this call, but when she refused, the man told her that the police would go to her home and kick down her door.
OPP in Haliburton say a similar instance occurred on Friday, where the caller told the resident that a warrant had been issued for her arrest and that she needed to pay her taxes immediately.
OPP say residents should ask themselves:
- Am I expecting additional money or do I owe money to the CRA.
- Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return
- Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me
- How did the requester get my phone number or email address?
For more information on how to spot this scam, residents can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.