This week, the Coaldale RCMP detachments received a number of complaints from local residents stating they received telephone calls from people claiming to be representatives from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) — according to a recent media release. Residents need to be aware there are a number of active scams by criminals posing as members of the CRA attempting to obtain funds illegally. The Coaldale RCMP detachments wish to advise police do not actively assist CRA with collections of money. The CRA has identified fraudulent issues on their website online at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca stating — “Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or e-mail, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. These scams may insist this personal information is needed, so the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Cases of fraudulent communication could also involve threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. 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. To identify communications not from the CRA, be aware of these guidelines. If you receive a call saying you owe money to the CRA, you can call us or check My Account to be sure.”
The Coaldale RCMP encourage residents to be aware of these fraudulent attempts to obtain funds and to confirm with the CRA directly.