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WARNING: CRA Scam

Ali de Bold

I keep getting calls from a CRA scam. They've called me 4-5 times over the past month, leaving voicemails. They called again today. I'm posting this in case anyone else is getting these calls. It is 100% fraud, but the callers are so convincing I almost started providing info and I'm not the gullible type.

When he first called, I told him I had looked up the number he was calling from and it was reported as a scam. He acknowledged that saying, "even the CBC says it's a scam but it's not. I'm calling you from the CRA collections department. It's a general number - one of many, which is why you can't find it on the CRA website. We have so many phone numbers".

I asked why I haven't received any emails or letters if I owed them something, and if they were the CRA to prove it by telling me something they know about me. The caller refused "for the sake of your privacy" but went on to suggest I verify them myself by calling the CRA, even directing me to a number posted on the CRA website. "They'll see a record of my call to you so you can feel confident to call me back." Well, I took him up on it. Turns out, the number he gave me is an automated number with no human to speak to. Smart.

I suspect many people would have just been satisfied it wasn't a scam since they were offering to let you hang up and check them out. Luckily, I found another number on the CRA website where you can speak to a person and they said the CRA is absolutely not trying to reach me and that it is definitely a scam.

Bottom line: If the CRA wants to reach you, they email your account or send you a letter. That's it. If you get a call from 1-800-931-1026 you can confidently tell them to F*&K Off.

Apr 06, 2018 @ 04:03 pm

19 Replies

lamurap

quite daring and ballsy

Thank you for posting this!!!!
Apr 06, 2018 @ 08:08 pm
christinekitty

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I have heard of many scams like this in the US ... sucks we got to deal with this here ...
Apr 06, 2018 @ 11:39 pm
christinekitty

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best part is there are many youtube videos where the us callers call back the numbers and kind of play along and prank them back....that awesome because it wastes the scammers time from getting to one less person who may fall for there lies. Thanks for sharing the number maybe ill give that a try lol.
Apr 06, 2018 @ 11:41 pm
sandhur

lots of scams

I've gotten many scam calls, from cra, fed ex, etc. I always call them out, ask questions then hang up on them.
Apr 07, 2018 @ 12:54 am
Anonymous

Dirty 🐀 rats

They will do almost anything to take someone else’s hard earned money. They just don’t want to get with the rest of us and work for it honourably.
Apr 07, 2018 @ 05:00 am
xsxpxixdxexrxsx

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I got a text one time telling me I owed stuff lol I was like well, that's a scam! I also got this creepy call that left a voicemail and it had a robotic voice telling me it was the CRA calling and that I owed money and if I didn't pay within like 72 hours they would put out a warrant for my arrest lol it sounded super creepy..
Apr 09, 2018 @ 11:30 am
intricateee

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Thanks for the heads up..will definitely pay more attention to calls from unknown numbers.
Apr 09, 2018 @ 11:36 am
suzannem1



I kept getting numerous calls and texts too , It's scary how many people they trick into believing it's real, especially around tax season. Thanks for the heads up!
Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:31 pm
Chanteller

Heard of it

Yes this was a scam last year as well. I guess its active again :(
Apr 09, 2018 @ 03:26 pm
Winslow

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we got about 3 of these calls....they were all vmails.....brutal! First time I heard it, my heart sank, I called my husband at work freaking out!
Apr 09, 2018 @ 03:54 pm

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