The Peterborough Police Service warns residents that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) fraud continues to circulate in our area. We continue to receive calls from local citizens reporting this scam.
According to the CRA, occasionally, taxpayers may receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA. In all these cases, the communication requests personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account, and/or passport numbers, from the taxpayer.
These fraudulent communications typically insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or benefit payment. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information.
These are scams and taxpayers should NEVER respond to these fraudulent communications, or click on any of the links provided.
Please remember the CRA will NOT do any of the following:
- The CRA will not send emails containing any links.
- The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email or text message.
- The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
- The CRA will not send emails in English or French only: all communications are in both official languages.
- The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.
- With respect to telephone calls, the CRA will occasionally leave messages for taxpayers on their answering machines. In these cases, a callback number will be provided along with a request to have the taxpayer’s SIN available upon callback. However, it is important to note that not all telephone messages purporting to be from the CRA are genuine.
- Should people wish to verify the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, they should contact the CRA directly by using the numbers on the CRA telephone numbers page. For business-related calls, contact 1-800-959-5525 and for individual concerns, contact 1-800-959-8281.
To report a fraud, please call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.