We’ve had enough inquiries and conversations amongst neighbours about this issue, that we thought it was a good idea to alert residents of a recent scam that is happening Canada-wide.
Criminals, pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (aka The CRA…the other CRA…) are phoning and trying to convince people that they must immediately pay fines and taxes or they will be arrested and their houses will be forfeited. The fraudsters sometimes leave threatening voice mail messages also.
The Canada Revenue Agency will never telephone. They write letters that are easily identifiable, and usually give adequate notice about any payments that are necessary. Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Insurance Numbers or even addresses when called by *anyone* (only give information when you call out, using phone numbers you have obtained).
Many elderly residents have been upset by these threats, and since many might not use email or social media – perhaps speak to any of your neighbours you think might be vulnerable, and make sure they know that if they receive any calls, that they are not legitimate.
Read more about preventing fraud (Canada Revenue Agency)