WARNING TAXPAYERS: NEW SCAM ALERT

We have recently received an email which we have confirmed is a scam. If you have received this email, please do not reply.


 

 We have received your tax calculation and we have determined that you are eligible
to receive a tax refund of 214.17$.

To confirm that you want your tax to be refunded, please go to
 tax refund for individuals and submit the form.

Note: A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example,
submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.

Personal information is collected under the Income Tax Act to administer tax,
benefits, and related programs. It may also be used for any purpose related
to the administration or enforcement of the Act such as audit, compliance and
the payment of debts owed to the Crown. Failure to provide this information
may result in interest payable, penalties or other actions. Under the Privacy Act,
individuals have the right to access their personal information and request
correction if there are errors or omissions.

Please do not reply to this message. It is for your information only.


 Individuals Returns Programs
For telephone, fax, and TTY (teletypewriter) numbers and for
addresses, go to Contact us.
Canada Revenue Agency
Government of Canada
Ottawa ON K1A 0L5
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Tax Scam Update: DeMara Consulting Inc. has been found guilty of Tax Evasion

In 2010, Donna Marie Stancer and Deanna Lynn Lavalley started a tax consultation company by the name of DeMara Consulting Inc. It wasn’t until March of 2012 that the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) raided the DeMara Consulting Inc. office in downtown Vernon looking for evidence of tax evasion.

Stancer and Lavalley had been marketing themselves by stating that they knew of a loophole that would result in the taxman taking less of their money and called this “The Remedy.” The two women proceeded to illegally file tax returns using this method on behalf of 224 clients resulting in some of those clients suffering quite extensively in tax return interest penalties, and, in some cases, even facing gross negligence penalties.

The two women from Okanagan were on trial for defrauding the Canadian Government of roughly $195 million in false expenses for themselves and 224 clients. On July 3, 2015 the three-week trial came to an end with the jury finding the two women guilty on all counts. The tax return claims had resulted in $9.9 million worth of refunds; however, the CRA has only paid out approximately $50,000.

The sentencing will be determined at a later date.

Bank Account Tax Scam

June 9, 2015 – Barrett Tax law has been informed of a tax scam circulating the Greater Toronto Area. An individual claiming to be a Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) representative is calling residents and claiming that they have overdue taxes that require payment. When instructed on how to pay, the taxpayer is being told to provide bank account details. The fraudster is then threatening that if the bank account details are not provided immediately over the phone, that they will then send someone to the taxpayer’s house and have them arrested.

Once the fraudster has obtained the bank account details they are compromising the accounts and withdrawing large sums of money.

It is important to remember that the CRA will never request information that they already have. As a taxpayer you have the right to obtain legal council. Should you find yourself in a situation where you may benefit from legal council, call Barrett Tax Law at 1-877-8-TAX-TAX (829-829).

If you or someone you know has received a call similar to the one mentioned above, click the link below and one of our lawyers will get back to you.

WARNING: CRA INTERAC e-Transfer Scam

On July 8, 2015 Barrett Tax Law received a CRA INTERAC e-Transfer Scam request. If you have received an email similar to the one below, do not proceed by clicking the link.

“Dear (Name Change) 405ad4d364707f3e

Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).405ad4d364707f3e

Amount:$980.99 (CAD)405ad4d364707f3e

Sender’s Message: A message was not provided405ad4d364707f3e

Expiry Date: 07/07/2015 405ad4d364707f3e
Action Required:405ad4d364707f3e

To deposit your money, click here:405ad4d364707f3e
2015 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Online Support405a”

If you or someone you know has received an email similar to the one above, click the link below or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Be cautious when you receive emails like this. Remember, if it is too good to be true it might just be!

CRA scam targeting South Asian Community in Brampton

July 7, 2015 – A fraudulent scam is going around Brampton that is targeting a South Asian community. The scammers tend to use a method to scare the recipient of the phone call by claiming that they themselves or a loved one is under investigation regarding their Canadian status and that they either need to pay the overdue monies or risk being arrested. Like other CRA scams, the fraudsters are providing very specific instructions on how to pay the overdue monies through Western Union or pre-paid credit card. These individuals are requesting that you provide them with personal documents, such as passport or driver’s license information.

It is important to know that the CRA will never contact you directly and demand money to secure your Canadian status and does not except payment through Western Union or pre-paid credit cards.

Tax Refund Scam (Con’t from April 2015)

On July 6, 2015 we were notified that the same email that was being sent around in late April of this year by “Revenue-Agency” was still being sent around:

“Dear (Name Change):

Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).

Amount: $500.29 (CAD)
Sender’s Message: A message was not provided

Expiry Date: 03/07/2015

Action Required:405ad4d364707f3e
To deposit your money, click here.
2015 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Online Support405ad4d364707f3e”

If you or someone you know has received an email similar to the one above, click the link below or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

We urge you to keep an eye out for such scams and to be cautious when you receive emails like this. Remember, if it is too good to be true it might just be!

Tax Scam: Jason White

June 25, 2015 – Have you received a call from someone calling themselves Jason White? He typically calls from 1-613-912-4377.

This Jason White may be pretending to be a Canada Revenue Agency employee who claims there is a warrant out for your arrest. He then informs taxpayers that the only way for the warrant to be removed is for you to send him money through credit cards, or other means.

If you get a call from Jason White, or anyone who you think might not be from the Canada Revenue Agency, ask for their badge number. Following this, call the general enquiries line for the Canada Revenue Agency and verify whether the person is actually an employee.

If they ask for credit card payments, that is a red flag. Canada Revenue Agency does not accept credit card payments.

If you receive a threatening call from the Canada Revenue Agency, or from someone pretending to be the Canada Revenue Agency give us a call. We are here to help!

Warning: Highlands Tax Scam

June 23, 2015  – OPP are warning residents in the Highlands to be cautious of a new scam circulating. An individual claiming to be a lawyer from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) is calling residents in the area claiming that they have outstanding monies as a result of a tax reassessment. The individual then continues to threaten court action or to place a lien on the individuals property if they do not pay the amount owed immediately.

If you or someone you know has encountered a phone call similar to the one described above, contact Barrett Tax Law (1-877-882-9829) or fill out the online form and one of our tax experts will get back to you.

OPP Warning of CRA Scam – Barrie

June 1, 2015 – CTV News Barrie’s article ‘OPP warning Canada Revenue Agency Scam’ warns residents in the area to be cautious.

Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) scams are never too far away. It is for this reason that we urge everyone to be cautious when you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be the CRA.

“According to police, there have been reports of residents receiving a call from a man claiming to be an employee for CRA. The man tells the resident that they owe money to the government and demand personal information.

Southern Georgian Bay OPP say on Thursday, a woman received this call, but when she refused, the man told her that the police would go to her home and kick down her door.”

For more information click here.

Possible New Tax Shelter Scam

Profitable Giving may claim that they are able to fix issues with past tax shelters because their new program does not run afoul of the tax act rules. It is very likely that Profitable Giving’s shelter is the same as all of the shelters that came before it, and it is probably attempting to scam Canadians out of their hard earned money.

We advise all those who come in contact with this firm to be cautious.

© 2016 The Canadian Tax Scam Warning Centre. All rights reserved.

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