It’s tax season, and scammers are looking to take advantage.
It seems to happen almost every year.
Scammers call a home, identifying a problem from past filed taxes, threatening additional fees or jail time if a payment isn’t made.
Constable Gary O’Brien with RCMP says the best thing to do is hang up the phone.
“They are targeting a lot of the older population, and it’s very troubling for them. And often they fall prey to it, ask for a credit card number, and the account where the money can be wired to.”
O’Brien says occasionally the scam can come via e-mail.
“They’ll give you an amount, an account number, and the person will even go as far as giving an ID number for themselves. It’s very threatening, and very scary for a lot of people.”
O’Brien says don’t be fooled; the scammers are likely calling from a call centre in South Asia, rattling off sections of the Criminal Code that don’t even exist.
He says it’s important to note the Canada Revenue Agency only uses registered mail, and will never contact you by phone or e-mail.