Keep your guard up during tax season

North Vancouver

2022-03-16 08:00 HAP

Under the Official Languages Act, this office provides services to the public in English only. You will find general information in both official languages at bc.rcmp.ca and www.rcmp.ca

Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

Tax season is right around the corner, and over the next two months Canadians across the country will be compiling receipts, tallying ledgers, and diligently checking their mailboxes for T-4’s and other tax documents to be delivered by Canada Post. Meanwhile, mail thieves may be gearing up to pilfer personal papers left in mailboxes, while telephone scam artists may be finalizing the scripts they'll use to trick tired tax filers already stressed by what is for many a busy time of year. The North Vancouver RCMP wants to help.

No, we can’t file your taxes for you, said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. We have our own to file. But we can warn you about the different ways thieves and fraudsters may try to take advantage of you during tax season.

From February into April each year, North Vancouver RCMP typically sees an uptick in mail thefts and fraud scams relating to income taxes and the Canada Revenue Agency. I’ve been targeted just like many other people, said DeVries. Telephone scams often start with an automated, computer-like voice telling you to press the number #1 for an important announcement from CRA. People who press one are then connected to a fake CRA agent. One of the first things they will do is ask your name, he said. They’ll sound irritated and aggressive, they’ll quote fabricated file numbers, they’ll invoke made-up rules about courts and Judges, and they’ll make you feel like they have a target on you, he said. In reality, they don’t even know your name. Once you give it to them, then they pretend they’ve had it all along. Once they’ve stressed you right out, they’ll tell you the only way to avoid arrest is by paying a fine, said DeVries.

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DeVries warns that mail thieves are much more hands on. These people love to get your personal information. In the worst of these cases, they will apply for credit cards and bank accounts in your name and then rack up huge bills that you might only discover once collection agencies start calling you.

You can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of mail thieves and tax scams by familiarizing yourself with these tips:

To avoid CRA Tax Scams, be aware that:
To reduce the chances of becoming a victim of mail theft:

For more information on protecting your mail and detecting scams, here is a list of resources and links you can follow:

Canada Post Security & Identity Theft

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – List of Fraud Types

RCMP – Scams and Fraud: What To Do

The Little Black Book of Scams (2nd Ed.) – available in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, Punjabi, Spanish & Tagalog

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Serg. Peter DeVries

Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de North Vancouver
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (en anglais seulement)
147, 14e Rue Est, North Vancouver (C.-B.) V7L 2N4
Bureau : 604-969-7561
Cellulaire : 604-363-5584
Télécopieur : 604-969-7587

Courriel : peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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