Canada Revenue Agency Scams Continue

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Constable Sandasha Bough
Corporate Communications and Public Relations

The London Police Service would like to take this opportunity to warn the public of Canada Revenue Agency phone scams occurring in the London Area and throughout southwestern Ontario. Recently our headquarters reception staff, as well as 9-1-1 operators have received numerous inquiries from the public, which appear to be similar in nature.

Individuals receive a telephone call or a visit from someone claiming to be an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency. They are provided with information in relation to a possible investigation and criminal charges. The caller or subject tells the individual that police will be notified if personal and financial information is not provided immediately to them. In some cases the tone becomes aggressive in nature in order to convince the individual to comply with their demands.

There are currently a number of different scams and frauds but the individuals involved all have the same end goal – to defraud you of your money. We urge the public to never provide personal or financial information to anyone unless you know to whom you are providing it. Your bank will never ask for personal information over the telephone or internet. Always be cautious of anyone asking for personal or financial information.

As the CRA Website states:

“When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

• Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
• Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
• Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
• How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?
• Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?”

For more information on CRA Scams:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html

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