• Page Views 1836
  • Up to this date, many are still victimized… BBB Still Getting Plenty of Calls over Income Tax Phone Scam.
    Vancouver, BC – Every year BBB reminds British Columbians about Canadian income tax scams threatening to snatch away your tax return. Usually the scam involves an email phishing scheme designed to prey on those unaware of Canada Revenue Agency rules.
    Earlier this year BBB serving Mainland BC released information on just such an email scam in order to raise awareness in the public, however there is also a CRA phone scam does not want to go away.

     

    “This has been in the news a dozen times this year,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB Serving Mainland BC. “It seems now that everyone has filed taxes, the threatening phone calls are heating up. Every day we are receiving emails or calls from people saying they’ve received aggressive calls from people saying they owe the government money or they will be put in jail.

    We just want to remind the public that this simply isn’t what the Canada Revenue Agency does.”

    The CRA phone scam starts with someone politely saying that after a review the individual owes the government taxes and that they can pay by using a pre-paid credit card. However the caller is hesitant to respond if the individual presses for information such as file numbers or other contact  information. The discussion can become heated very quickly with the supposed CRA clerk threatening the individual with arrest or in some cases deportation; they even resort to name calling.

    BBB has tips on income tax scams:
    • The CRA does not solicit by phone for payment or any other personal  information.
    • If you receive a call like this, say you will contact CRA yourself and hang up.
    • Do not return the call with number that shows up on call display; it’s likely spoofed.
    • The CRA does not accept payment through prepaid credit or gift cards.
    • The CRA will not send emails containing any links.
    • The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email or text message.
    • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
    • The CRA will not send emails in English or French only: all communications are  in both official languages.
    • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.
    • Contact Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC at 604-682-2711 bbb.org/mbc
    • Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

    (Reprinted from BBB News Bulletin since many are still victimized of this fraud)

    Share

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 10 November 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Golden Gift Society receives donation, accepts new members

      A Metro-Vancouver nonprofit dedicated to helping the less fortunate continues to touch the lives of many. More people are going to benefit from the work of the Golden Gift From The Heart For People In Need Society as it recently accepted a generous donation and grew its ranks with ...

    • 06 October 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Filipinos run in October 15 municipal elections

      At least 10 Filipinos are running in the October 15 municipal elections in B.C. The candidates are vying for posts in council and school board in different cities across the Greater Vancouver region. The most prominent of the candidates are Maita Santiago, who is running for council in Burnaby, ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Vhong Navarro under NBI custody for rape charge

      Metro Manila — TV host and actor Vhong Navarro remains under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as of Tuesday, a day after he was slapped with two arrest warrants over complaints filed by model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in 2014. Navarro’s camp has yet to file a motion ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 months ago No comment

      Meet and greet with Jinny, Ramon and Surrey Forward

      The Surrey Forward party is ready to serve the city and its residents. Surrey Forward is fielding Jinny Sims as mayoral candidate in the October 15, 2022 local election, and the party also has seven candidates for council. One of these candidates is Filipino Canadian financial professional Ramon Bandong. ...

    • Queen-Elizabeth-King-Charles-2022
      15 September 2022
      3 months ago No comment

      Farewell Queen Elizabeth, Long live King Charles!

      The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth, whose reign spanned 70 years, was succeeded to the throne by her eldest son Charles, who has been proclaimed as King Charles III. The ...

    %d bloggers like this: