CRA scam delivered to local mailboxes

A fraudulent letter from the CRA is delivered to a resident in Bright's Grove. Image courtesy of Sarnia police.

The Sarnia Police Service and Crime Stoppers are warning the public of another Canada Revenue Agency scam making the rounds.

Fraudsters have sent letters directly to home addresses through Canada Post trying to make the correspondence look as official as possible.

The fake documents highlight an outstanding amount owed in back taxes with an urgency to pay or face serious consequences.

The bogus letter also provides a misleading phone number to call to resolve the issue.

Sarnia police are urging anyone who receives a letter not to call the number given.

Police said the CRA would never use threatening language as a means to extort a payment, nor would they demand an immediate payment by Interac, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards.

If you suspect you’re a victim of a cyber incident, fraud or identity theft, you can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 and businesses can call 1-800-959-5525.

Scams can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.