I wanted to share this message because I know that people end up getting taken advantage of badly by phone scams, especially CRA scams, and if this helps even one person avoid it I’ll be happy.
Earlier today, I got a voicemail from the Canada Revenue Agency asking that I return their call. I was out grabbing a coffee (Stuff’d in Lakefield is my jam) and I just saved the message so I could call them back later.
I’m pretty savvy about spammy call stuff, and the voicemail didn’t seem suspicious at all, so I didn’t have my radar up at the time.
A few minutes after I listened to the voicemail, I received this text, from the same number:
Suspicion mode engaged.
SCAM SENSES TINGLING.
Just so we’re all on the same page, the CRA will NEVERRRR text you. Or send you a Facebook message. Or contact you in any other instant message or social media sort of way.
A quick Google search find a TON of folks complaining about the same number. Scammity, scam, scammerjerks.
From the Government of Canada website:
The CRA never uses text messages or instant messaging such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to communicate with taxpayers under any circumstance. If a taxpayer receives text or instant messages claiming to be from the CRA, they are scams!
I don’t share this to make anyone feel dumb — let’s be honest, scammers are getting more and more savvy, and coming at us from every damn angle. My friend Michelle fell victim to a CRA scam last year and she shared her story to help others avoid it too.
CRA scams can happen to anyone and it’s miserable to deal with when it does.
Like I said before, the voicemail I hear this afternoon didn’t really have me worried, but I knew for a fact that a text message is a big hells to the no.
You’ve got to trust your gut and make sure you’re as knowledgeable as possible to protect yourself.
I hope you’ll share this post, talk about it with your friends and family, and get the conversation out into the open.
The more we talk about it, especially with those who may be more susceptible — seniors, new Canadians, students, the more we can help fight back against it.
No one needs to have their bank account emptied or their identity stolen because of a CRA scam. Let’s make sure we help those around us to avoid them.
Thanks for reading and sharing!
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