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CRA scammers still plaguing the northwest

CRA scammers still plaguing the northwest

Terrace RCMP are continuing to warn people of scams taking place throughout the northwest.

Scammers are either trying to steal your money or your personal information by pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, by contacting people either by phone or through e-mail.

One version of the scam is telling the victim to call a number to claim a “tax refund,” but the victim first has to provide personal information.

Another version is telling the victim they owe “back taxes” or have an outstanding warrant, and that payment must be made immediately.

Ways to protect yourself include:

Do not take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.

Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.

Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.

Use a phone number from the phone book or the official CRA website.

For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue website.

If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, contact the RCMP.

If you’ve been contacted by a scammer, but haven’t provided them with any personal information or given them any money, then report scams to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre website or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

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