Published: April 10, 2020
Last Updated: April 10, 2020
Fraudsters are again impersonating CRA collections officers and calling Canadians in attempts to steal money from them. The bogus CRA collectors make threatening calls and claim that the taxpayer owes money to CRA and that if immediate payments are not made the person will be jailed. Payment methods demanded include wire transfers and gift cards, typically itunes cards. The fraud artists and persistent and well trained. To protect yourself from these frauds be aware that CRA only accepts payment by cheque or money order. They always initiate collection action by way of written notice and jail is not possible for unpaid taxes.
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