CRA scam back but with a twist

Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo RCMP is advising the public that the notorious CRA scam is back in full force. Dozens of calls have been received throughout Nanaimo and reported to the local detachment. Fortunately, none of those reported, have fallen prey to this scam.

In this latest version of the CRA scam, the intended target receives a phone call from what appears to be a federal government agency, (i.e. Service Canada, Canada Revenue, CRA, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre) to name just a few. The caller then leads you to believe your SIN card has been compromised, and it is necessary for you to provide the caller your actual card number. It is a scam, simply hang up.

In the other version, the caller tells you that you owe money to the CRA or that you are eligible to receive a cash refund. For those owing money, the caller tells you that your local police agency will call within the hour. Sure enough, the target receives the phone call but it is not actually from the police. The caller has simply spoofed the phone number to make you believe it is from your police agency. They may also try to convince you to provide your credit card number or that you must pay off the amount, by purchasing gift cards or bitcoins. They may also threaten you with being arrested. It is a scam, simply hang up.

CRA Scammers
CRA Scammers

Many of these calls originate from call centres in South Asia and in some cases, you can actually hear other scammers making the same calls to other targets. Most callers are also reading from a script.

If you are a victim of a fraud, meaning you have lost money or given out personal information, that could impact you financially, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Gather all information about the fraud. This includes documents, receipts, copies of emails and/or text messages.

Step 2: Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or through the Fraud Reporting System (FRS).

Step 3: Report the incident to the financial institution where the money was sent (e.g., money service business such as Western Union or MoneyGram, bank or credit union, credit card company or internet payment service provider).

Step 4: If the fraud took place online through Facebook, eBay, a classified ad such as Kijiji or a dating website, be sure to report the incident directly to the website. These details can be found under “report abuse” or “report an ad.”

Step 5: Victims of identity fraud should place caution flags on all their accounts and report to both credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion.

As with any scam, if you have not provided personal information or lost any money, you do not need to contact your local police. Please report it to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre online at or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

File # 2019 CRA scam is back

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