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.