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 Recap
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.
Unfortunately, many citizens of Canada and the United States have fallen victim to this type of scam.
Some Resolution To The Scam
The tax scam became a real annoyance because the automated system would continue to call out looking for victims. It would many times call the same person multiple times during the week. However, when problems persist like this, people often complain.
It would appear that many people have complained often enough in (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Andrew Swoboda. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/latest-security-news/cra-scam/