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Warning About Canada Revenue Agency Scams

My office has received a number of questions about suspicious calls they’ve received from people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In most cases, the caller requests personal information, such as date of birth, social insurance number, and other personal information, and demands immediate payment for taxes they claim are owed, often with the threat of court charges, jail or other punishment.

If you received such a call, hang up immediately, and alert the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501). If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given your personal or financial information unwittingly, please contact the local police.

The phone number that the CRA uses for business-related calls is 1-800-959-5525, and for individuals is 1-800-959-8281.

The CRA:

  • Never requests prepaid credit cards;
  • Never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
  • Never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • Never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

For more information on this topic, please visit www.cra.gc.ca/security, or contact my office.