Tax scams

Canada Revenue Agency Scam – Recognize, reject and report it!

Recognize it: What are common CRA scams?

CRA scams come in many forms - over the phone, by e-mail, or by text message. In all cases, the caller or sender poses as an agent from the Canada Revenue Agency in an attempt to gather personal information, or intimidate a victim into providing financial payment.

Phone scam

Phone scammers posing as CRA agents will claim one of several possibilities:

Email Scam / Text Message Scam

An e-mail or text message is sent from someone pretending to be with the CRA, claiming:

Reject it: How can I protect myself or my loved ones?

Report it: How should I respond?

We strongly suggest that you report the incident for the following reasons:

  • If you've sent money or transferred money or goods to a scammer, the police and financial institutions need to be aware in order to properly investigate, recover stolen funds and/or goods (if possible) and work towards preventing further criminal activity
  • Reporting scams helps fraud authorities to warn other people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible

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