Nate Brideau, a local tax consultant out of our Winnipeg office, was on his way for an appointment last month with a Member from Kenora, Ontario who owns a fishing company.
Upon arriving for the tax appointment Nate was told by the Member that he had just received a message to urgently call the Canada Revenue Agency.
As the Member's representative with CRA, Nate returned the call. Suspecting it was a scam, Nate pretended to be the taxpayer.
The caller identifying himself as a CRA employee indicated there was an unpaid tax debt of $4785 that must be paid immediately or a penalty of $95,000 would be owed. Threatening seizure of assets and jail time jail time, the caller was very intimidating.
It was an elaborate and convincing attempt involving multiple people to scam the Member out of money.
We often receive calls from our Members about a phone call or email claiming to be from CRA and stating that the taxpayer owes taxes or perhaps has a tax refund owing.
CBC recently interviewed Nate about the call. We would like to share this interview so everyone can be aware of the lengths a scammer may go to gain money or personal information for identity theft.
The CRA will never:
- Send emails containing any links
- Request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email or text message
- Divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer
- Send emails in English or French only: all communications are in both official languages
- Leave any personal information on an answering machine
Listen to the interview so you are well informed and know what to watch for and avoid should you be contacted.
If an FBC Member is ever contacted by CRA, we encourage you to contact us immediately.
If an FBC Member is audited, we'll represent you at no extra cost. This is part of our Member Service Guarantee, which includes Audit Protection.