Goodale Says Significant Investigation Underway to Catch CRA Scammers
If you are one of the many Canadians who have been contacted by the CRA Scammers, there may be some good news.
The Minister for Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, says that there is "at least one very significant investigative operation underway" to catch those responsible.
In the scam fraudsters call consumers impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and claiming that a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes. Repayment is required immediately. Fraudsters threaten consumers that failure to pay will result in additional fees, jail time and/or deportation.
Fraudsters may request payment via money service business, pre-paid cards / gift cards (iTunes) or bitcoin.
This scam is one of the largest in Canadian history and has been ongoing for years.
Authorities in both Canada and India are working together to stop the scam.