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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Public Safety Reminder: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Impersonation Scam

We would like to remind you on an ongoing Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) phone impersonation scam occurring across Canada and in the Greater Toronto Area.

Police believe the callers are linked to organized crime and are located outside Canada. In this particular scam, callers identify themselves as being from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or local law enforcement and attempt to intimidate victims into paying thousands of dollars in overdue taxes using money transfers or prepaid credit cards, threatening to freeze their bank accounts, suspend their passports or report them to the authorities if they don’t follow through.

The RCMP and the Toronto Police have issued several warnings to the public about this scam in recent years. Media outlets have also filed a number of reports about this scam in recent months.

The criminals responsible for this scam have been targeting victims by phone, voice mail, text messaging, e-mail, etc.

Anyone in the Toronto area who has fallen victim to this scam should contact the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222.

Anyone who has not fallen victim to this scam, but was contacted and has further information, should check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for ways to report the incident.

CRA Telephone Scam Notice »

Global News Report (September 18, 2015) »

Global News Report (August 12, 2015) »

CBC News Report (June 24, 2015) »

CTV News Report (June 16, 2015) »

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Original Report
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Please note, the Toronto Police Service has re-released a Public Safety Alert in relation to an ongoing telephone scam:
The Toronto Police Service would like to re-issue a warning to the public about an ongoing scam involving fraudulent telephone communications, purportedly coming from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), police officers, and/or federal agents.

There have been several reports across the GTA of a telephone caller identifying themselves as a police officer, Canada Revenue Agent or a federal agent.

Residents have received phone calls claiming that the recipient owes money. They are told to pay immediately or be arrested and charged. These fraudulent phone calls instruct the recipients to provide personal information.

The CRA will never request information by telephone. The public is urged to visit the CRA website to determine exactly how they communicate with their clients.

If anyone does receive this type of fraudulent phone call, they are encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves from fraud:
  • do not comply and contact the appropriate agency office to verify the information. Contact them, directly, with the number listed in the phone book. Do not call the number provided by the caller
  • write down the number which appears on the call display or the number the caller provides
  • do not provide personal information over the telephone
  • restitution is awarded through courts; police do not request or demand money
  • be cautious of who you are dealing with on the phone
  • do not provide PINs to people you do not know

Anyone in the Toronto area who has fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact
416-808-2222.

Anyone who has not fallen victim to this scam, but was contacted and has further info, is asked to check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for ways to report the incident.

View Police Report »

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.