Phone and email scams circulating in tax season and through the year
It's tax time and an analyst with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre in North Bay says the Canada Revenue Agency scams gets the most complaints year after year.
Robert Rocheforte says the emails or voicemails claiming to be from the CRA threaten legal action and even arrest if the recipient doesn't follow directions.
He says there were 24,000 complaints in 2016.
Rocheforte says the scammers target vulnerable people.
"If you are an immigrant to Canada they will even threaten deportation," he said.
Rochefort says if you know you are talking to a scammer and resist, the scammer, could retaliate.
"We have seen it before, in some scams, different scams, not just this one, in which consumers have received over twenty calls a day from these scammers," he said.
Rocheforte says never engage with a suspected scammer, just contact police,
The CRA would never threaten a lawsuit in a call or voicemail or pressure people to with the fear of arrest, said Rocheforte.
With files from Kate Rutherford