CRA phone scam threatens bogus lawsuits

Yet another phone scam is making its way around the Cowichan Valley, this time with fraudsters claiming to be from Revenue Canada.

Yet another phone scam is making its way around the Cowichan Valley, this time with fraudsters claiming to be from Revenue Canada.

The scam involves repeated and increasingly threatening calls from somebody claiming to be a CRA agent telling whoever answers that they owe the government money.

“The fake CRA agent is threatening to launch a lawsuit against the taxpayer if they don’t send money the CRA believes it is owed,” said a media release issued by North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday. “We are hoping that the average taxpayer knows that the legitimate CRA would never call them and act in this manner and they don’t resolve their debts owed to them by way of a lawsuit; just ask anyone who has ever owed them money.”

If you suspect you are the victim of fraud, please contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP 250-748-5522.

“If we know what scams are out there, we are better able to inform the public and save some citizens a bit of grief,” Hobday said. “So as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.”