Telephone Scam Alleging People Owe Massive Amounts in Back Taxes

Community members are reporting receiving a phone call from an individual claiming they are calling from CANADA REVENUE AGENCY’s ‘hotline’. The caller is claiming people OWE significant amounts in back taxes. The scammer will also say that they have tried contact the household 3-4 times in the past month, but there was no response. People are being told that the RCMP has issued an arrest warrant, which will be carried out within the hour, unless payment is made immediately. The calls might be coming from a 613 area code, which is the area code for Ottawa.

DO NOT give the caller any personal information such as bank account numbers, social insurance number (SIN), date of birth, address, etc.

DO NOT issue any payment to the caller by cheque, credit card, or cash.

DO ask for the name of the caller, the department they are calling from, written documentation to verify their claim. In other words, demand verification from the caller.

The CRA will NEVER ask for information about your passport, health card or driver’s license. The CRA NEVER shares your taxpayer information with another person without your appropriate authorization. The CRA NEVER leaves personal information in a voice mail or asks you to leave personal information in one either.

Typically, Revenue Canada would send documentation in the mail if your income tax filing is incorrect or required further attention. If you HAVE NOT received any such documents in the mail, this is the first hint that the call may be a scam.

Exercise caution. It’s ok for you call to Revenue Canada to check to see if the call was legitimate. The individual tax enquiries line is: 1-800-959-8281. You can also verify your individual tax account through a secure CRA portal: My Account

If an individual claims to be a police officer or RCMP officer and comes to your door about this, ask to see the badge and for the badge number, ask for a copy of the warrant for you arrest, and ask for a copy of the document. Call the local police or RCMP department to verify the legitimacy of individual.