Mount Stewart woman threatened with arrest in CRA scam

Ryan Ross
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Tips to identify a scam:
- The CRA never asks for personal information by email.
- It never leaves personal information on an answering machine.
- The agency doesn't give taxpayer information to another person unless it has formal authorization.

When a woman from the Mount Stewart area got a call saying she needed to pay more than $6,000 in taxes or get arrested, she said it made her sick.

It turned out to be a scam.

The woman, who The Guardian has chosen not to identify after she said she almost fell victim to the scam, said she got a voicemail this week from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.

It didn't mention who the message was for, but said the recipient needed to get back to him at a phone number he provided and if they didn't the CRA would issue a warrant for their arrest, the message said.

It ended with the caller saying "Thank you and God bless you."

The woman said when she called the number she didn't give the man on the other end her name and he didn't ask for it.

Instead, he threatened to have her arrested if she didn't pay $6,428 in back taxes within a few hours.

"When you get a call like that you become very intimidated and you become scared," the woman said.

The man said the call was being monitored and if she didn't keep it confidential she would get a criminal record.

As they talked, the man told her to stay on the line while she drove to the bank to wire money.

The woman said she eventually realized something wasn't right about the call and as the they talked the scammer put her on the phone with two other men.

One of those men gave her information on where to send the money, which had an address in Texas.

The women said by the time she went into her bank she realized it was a scam.

She went inside and told the bank manager what was happening.

When the manager told the scammer no money would be transferred the man hung up.

The woman said she never thought she would be a scam victim, but luckily she didn't follow through on it.

"I was in shock that I was being fooled," she said.

Ty Stapleton also got the same message on his phone Tuesday night, but he knew it was a scam and deleted it.

Stapleton said he has spoken to the CRA before and knows the agency doesn't make those types of phone calls.

"That's not any kind of language they would use," he said.

Anyone who feels they are a victim of fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Organizations: Canada Revenue Agency.It, Canadian Anti

Geographic location: Mount Stewart

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Recent comments

  • Lisa
    March 10, 2016 - 16:38

    "Thank you and God bless you." Serious red flag! A CRA agent would never say that, ever!

  • townie2
    March 10, 2016 - 07:37

    be careful folks, not everyone is suspicious of scams like this, they are apparently very forceful and threatening and could intimidate some people, if they can get even one in a couple of hundred to fall for it they get a good day's pay out of it. i get an email yesterday supposedly from the CRA saying i had a refund of $321 coming to me, just click the link and fill in the details, they didn't use my name anywhere, and CRA will never contact you that way. expect more of these types of scams now that its tax season. what's scary is someone like my elderly mother might be intimidated and fall for it.

  • April
    March 09, 2016 - 18:15

    How did she not realize it was scam just by the message left? I always wonder why the scammers even bother with this scam anymore but I guess there is a chance they might reach someone who has been living under a rock for the last 20 years .

    • Under a rock indeed
      March 10, 2016 - 06:02

      Well said...

  • Fides
    March 09, 2016 - 17:40

    It appears SHE captured a good image of the scammer on HER phone leaving a good chance of identifying HIM.

  • Why would you fall for that
    March 09, 2016 - 17:11

    I really dont understand how people can be so gullible. Seriously, pretty sure that was obviously a scam