Ahhh the good ole Canada Revenue Agency or IRS Collection Scam. This scam angers a lot of people because aggressive telemarketers pretending to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or the IRS are using aggressive and threatening tactics to scare taxpayers into paying a fictitious tax return debt.
You’re then told that you must make payment immediately by credit card or face court charges, jail time or even deportation. They even tell people that they’ve dispatched the cops to their house when you start arguing with them. Here’s a consumer tip that comes from the Canada revenue agency and I’m sure it’s similar to the IRS one as well. It says:
CONSUMER TIP: Know that the CRA will never request payment for taxes by a prepaid credit card, nor will they ask you for private information that you would not already have included on your tax return such as your passport, health card or driver’s license numbers.
CRA will never leave personal information in a message, nor ask you to leave a message containing personal information. If you have an outstanding balance from CRA you will likely receive written notification, well in advance of receiving any phone contact. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up. If you have concerns about your taxes contact CRA directly at 1-800-959-5525.[TC1]
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