There have been many scams that have utilized the phone system to gain access to funds or personal information from hardworking individuals. One of the most prevalent scams that seems to persist in both Canada and the United States is the tax agency scam.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Internal Revenue Agency (IRS) were both victims of similar scams. However, some resolution occurred recently with regards to the CRA scammers.
The CRA scam is similar to the IRS scam. The scam starts with an automated machine reaching out to citizens in a particular country. It creates a sense of urgency by claiming a lawsuit is being filed due to unpaid taxes and asking for an immediate call back.
In fear of the lawsuit, unsuspecting individuals call the scammer back using the provided number. The scammer continues to use the sense of urgency on the potential victim by telling them that a police officer is coming to arrest them. However, this is a lie and no one is actually on the way.
The scammer continues to explain that the lawsuit can be fixed out of the courts if amount the scammer claimed they owed was paid. They further press the issue by not allowing the victim to hang up the phone make sure the victim gets the payment that they require.