With tax season ending Monday night, a whole new type of scam will be appearing more often as people posing as the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) will be trying to put fear into those who just filed their taxes.
Taxes are stressful enough, but having someone call saying that law enforcement will be coming if you don't settle some debts with the CRA is terrifying enough to believe a scam is real.
Don't worry though, as there are some easy telltale signs that will make it clear if it is a scam or not.
"We don't accept bitcoin, we don't accept iTunes gift cards or any other types of gift cards for payment and we don't send the police out to arrest people," explained CRA Communications Manager Randy Westerman. "We won't call someone and say 'you've got an urgent matter, tax case against you and we're sending the police out to arrest you if you don't call us back.' That is a scam."
If you are on edge regarding whether it is a scam or not, the CRA website has some tips on how to deal with a scam or tell if it is one. It will explain how to recognize one and how to protect yourself.
If you still aren't sure, then the safest way to deal with any call is to say that you'll call them back. Call the CRA directly and have one of their staff verify your account and see if you need to settle any debts.