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Beware of scammers impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency

The RCMP is warning Canadians about an ongoing scam in which people receive phone calls or e-mails from individuals impersonating Canada Revenue Agency employees.
The scammers tell people they either owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency or have a tax refund.
People are threatened with arrest or jail time if they do not take immediate action and provide money or personal or financial information.
“The Canada Revenue Agency takes these matters very seriously and provides substantial information to Canadians about how to protect themselves from scams undertaken using the agency’s name,” National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said. “Informing yourself is particularly important during the tax filing season, when such scams peak.”
When Canada Revenue Agency employees call people they follow established procedures to ensure personal information is protected.
To confirm the authenticity of a call, contact the Canada Revenue Agency by using its official telephone number for individual tax enquiries: 1-800-959-8281.
You can also verify your individual tax account through a secure Canada Revenue Agency portal: My Account.
“Scammers are always looking for new ways to get your money or your personal information,” warned RCMP Assistant Commissioner Todd Shean. “The RCMP works every day to track down fraudsters and bring them to justice, but raising awareness about fraud is also important as it is one of the most effective ways of protecting Canadians from scammers.”
“The more you know about a specific fraud, the less likely you’ll be a victim of that fraud.”
If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information in error, contact your local police service and your financial institution.
For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

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