Many Canadians have fallen prey to seemingly realistic calls and threatening e-mails claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asking for recipients to take immediate action or face severe consequences.
Protect yourself by being on alert for convincing phone calls and voice recordings stating that you have been identified for aggressive collection and if you do not return the call and take action, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.
Also, disregard any e-mails that claim to be from the CRA that urge you to take the following action:
- Claim your additional tax refund now
- You have overpaid in previous years and you are eligible for a refund but only within a certain time frame
- Requests to click links to submit claims or asking you to submit personal information
Your best option when confronted with these or similar scenarios is to login to your “My CRA” account or give the CRA a call directly to check on the status of your return.
The IRS is also advising Americans of similar scams that have cost people millions of dollars and compromised personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or over social media channels asking for personal or financial information.
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