The Canada Revenue Agency does not want iTunes cards or pre-paid credit cards. And they’re not sending the police to your house to immediately arrest you if you don’t pay right now!
Lethbridge Police say Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) fraud prevention cards are being distributed at local stores.
March is fraud prevention month and one of the most prevalent scams making the rounds at this time of year involves fraudsters posing as reps from the CRA.
LPS say unfortunately, many people still fall victim, so they've created a special info card to remind people out shopping that the Canada Revenue Agency will only accepts money as payment, never pre-paid credit cards, Bitcoin, or gift cards.
Distribution of the fraud prevention cards started a few months ago.
Police say Remember:
- The CRA will not call and threaten you to pay a tax debt
- The CRA will not call, leave a voice message, text or email you advising of a warrant of arrest for a tax debt
- The CRA will not request that you pay a tax debt through the use of crypto currencies such as Bitcoin or gift cards
- The CRA will not have you deported if you do not pay an owed tax debt
- Report suspected fraud. If you suspect a CRA tax scam, STOP! HANG UP THE PHONE!
- When in doubt contact the CRA directly to confirm the details of your tax account