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Scam alert - Canada Revenue Agency phone scam

Friday, September 28, 2018

Please be aware of an ongoing phone scam targeting Canadians and international students. Across Canada, people are receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These callers threaten to have students arrested or fired from a job if they do not give them money for unpaid income or immigration taxes. They may also transfer the phone call to individuals they claim are colleagues at the CRA, or police officers, who will also try and convince students to send money to avoid being arrested.

What you need to know: 

  • CRA will not call you, use aggressive language, or make any threats.
  • If there are any issues with a tax return, CRA would notify you in your CRA MyAccount.
  • Many news articles from reputable sources have been written about this scam.

What to do: 

  • If you receive this type of phone call, hang up, even if they tell you not to.
  • Do not give the callers any money or respond to the caller in any way.
  • Read the Government of Canada’s website for information on what a possible phone call would entail.
  • Remember that if someone posing as a tax or immigration official threatens to arrest or deport you, suspend your account if you don’t pay money or give your personal information, it is a scam.
  • Learn how to protect yourself against phone scams by visiting the CRA website. 
  • If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact campus Police Services or local police service.