CRA Scam - With a Twist


Following a large number of arrests at a number of 'call centres' in India, the RCMP have announced a significant decrease in the amount of losses attributed to the CRA scam. However, the scam has not ended and it would seem that the fraudsters are diversifying their approach. The perpetrators are attempting to re-engage victims who have previously lost money to the CRA scam. Their new tactic involves sending an email promising to pay back most of the funds that were lost, as long as the victim agrees to pay an administrative fee of approx. 5% of the funds that were originally lost. The following is an actual quote from an email sent to a victim:

"We are happy to help you with our services. As you have already paid a huge amount of money to various scammers. Based on your background verification and as per your discussion with our senior management personnel Mr. David Carter, we are pleased to pay you CAD 97000 dollars. This is to inform you that the above amount will be given to you in four equal installments on the payment of nominal documentation fees which is 4.9% of CAD 97000$ which is equal to CAD 4753 dollar. This is a one time payment of the documentation charges which shall be collected at your door step by our representative. On receiving the said fees, we shall release your first installment cheque worth CAD 24250 dollars within 48 hours. If you have any queries you can reach us via email or you can call our management personnel whose details are as under. Mr David Carter".

Please watch out for this scam being carried out by imposters claiming to be government officials and/or police by telephone or email.

The fraudsters are phishing for your Identification or asking that outstanding taxes/fees be paid. They may request payment by any of these means:

  • Money service business (Western Union or MoneyGram)
  • Electronic funds transfer (direct deposits)
  • Pre-paid credit cards
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Other prepaid gift cards
If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report it to your local police. Please also report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9am - 5pm Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool at



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