Tax season means scam season as fraudsters continue to target Canadians
It is tax season in Canada and we fully expect fraudsters to take advantage, especially through their attempts to convince victims they are calling from the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says it is expecting to see a surge in these scams between March and April when scammers prey on Canadians who are filing their personal income tax.
In most instances, the caller makes threats of federal charges being laid in an attempt to get the victim to purchase gift cards to make payments. Others use e-transfers to funnel innocent people’s money away from them.
Canadians lost more than $1.4 million to these scams last year alone.
The Canada Revenue Agency says education is key when it comes to protecting Canadians from scams.
The CRA says it will never:
- Use aggressive language or threaten to arrest or deport you;
- Ask for prepaid credit cards or gift cards;
- Collect or distribute payment through e-transfers or bitcoins; or
- Send an unexpected email with a link that asks you to divulge personal or financial information.
If you fall victim to a scam, report it to police. If you suspect a scam attempt was made, call the Anti-fraud centre at 1-888-495-8501.