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New: Calgary CRA Tax Scam

May 22, 2015 – CBC News’ article ‘Tax phone scam prompts Calgary police warning’ warns residents of a new scam.

“Calgary police are warning people about a tax scam making the rounds in the city.

The culprits pose as employees of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Citizenship and Immigration Canada , threatening jail or deportation if fictitious fees or over-due taxes are not paid.

“The victim is then directed to pay the purported fees through e-transfer, money wire transfer or the purchase of pre-paid gift cards, which they are directed to mail to a specific address,” police said in a release.

CRA officials say they are aware of the scam.”

For the article in its entirety click here.

Edmonton Residents Should be Cautious of CRA Immigration Scam

May 8, 2015 – CBC News’ article ‘Fraudsters net thousands in Edmonton with immigration scam, police warn’ is urging residents to be cautious of a new scam circulating in Edmonton.

“Edmonton police say several members of city’s Indo-Canadian community, and other recent immigrants, have been targets of the same scam, which threatens people with deportation if they don’t hand over thousands of dollars.

Police have received numerous reports about the scam, which appears to have started in April.

Like Chotai, complainants reported they have been called by people who claim to work with Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Immigration Canada or the police.

The fraudulent callers tell people they have not filed their taxes properly, or have not registered as immigrants. The fraudsters then make threats about possible arrest warrants, jail time, loss of immigration status and deportation…

(con’t) The scammers tell people to buy PayPower Visa prepaid cards or gift cards in various amounts. Police say gift cards have been purchased from retailers around Edmonton, including grocery stores and gas stations.

The victims are then told to provide the information from the back of the gift cards to the fraudsters over the phone.”

For the article in its entirety click here.

Tax-Refund Scam

On April 29, 2015 we were notified of an email being sent around by “Revenue-Agency” using an email address beginning with taxref:

“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: 24/04/2015

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.

Police Warn Residents Across The GTA of ‘CRA’ Tax Scam

April 22, 2015 – Global News’ article ‘Police warn residents across the GTA of ‘CRA’ tax scam’ written by Tania Kohut is urging residents to be careful of a new tax scam.

“Peel Police say scam artists are calling, texting and sending emails to people for money, claiming to be from Canada Revenue Agency.

‘They’re bullying people into thinking they owe taxes or they need to give this person on the other end personal information,” said Peel Const. William Patterson. “They start yelling at people, ‘if you don’t pay up we’re going to come and arrest you.’”

Police said they’ve been inundated with calls from people about the scam, and predict that number will rise as the tax deadline approaches.”

For the article in its entirety click here.

Evident Tax Alternatives Appears to be Providing Improper Tax Advice

It has come to Barrett Tax Law’s attention that Ms. Irene Beilstein, a woman who likely has ties to Fiscal Arbitrators and Demara Consulting, has started a new tax preparation corporation known as Evident Tax Alternatives.

Evident Tax Alternatives appears to be providing improper advice to Canadian taxpayers.

If you are contacted by Evident Tax Alternatives or by Ms. Irene Beilstein, please be aware and take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. It is probable that Evident Tax Alternatives or Ms. Beilstein got your information directly from Fiscal Arbitrators and/or Demara Consulting and is contacting you because you used their services in the past.

The Canada Revenue Agency, and the Canadian government might not be looking out for your best interests, but we are.

Give us a call at 1-877-8-TAX-TAX (829-829) and we can explain what is legal, and what is not when it comes to your taxes.

CRA Online Refund Application Tax Scam

An email tax scam is going around requesting taxpayers to fill out an online form and provide things such as credit card information in order to obtain a tax refund. The form that is provided to be filled out appears to be on a webpage that resembles the CRA website and seems to be an official government page.

An example of this email is:

“Dear (name changed),

After a January 2015 review of our records, we have investigated your fiscal activity and tax returns over the last seven years. Our calculations show that you have made over payments of $687.00 CAD. Due to the high volume of refunds to be processed, the telephone help line is unable to assist with this application.

In order to process your refund, you will need to complete the application form made available on the CRA site for this purpose.

To access the application form, please go to CRA – Application Form – Get Started. Your refund may take up to 3 weeks to process. Please make sure you complete the form fully and correctly.

As we are upgrading our records we require the completed form showing your full current details by 01 April 2015.

Thank you,
Canada Revenue Agency”

Have you seen this email and/or have you fallen victim to a tax scam? If so, fill out the online form and we would be happy to assist you further!

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