Not often do accounting firms receive fraudulent phone calls from people impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency, but today we received a voicemail from a fraudulent CRA Agent, “Officer Ryan Smith”. Below is a recording of the voicemail the scammer left from the phone number 844-553-1073:
We recommend that you disregard any voicemail’s from this or any other suspicious numbers. Please do not call them back. If you think it may be a legitimate voicemail, you can contact the real Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281 to confirm. If you find yourself on a phone call with a potential scammer, let them know you will call them right back on the public phone number. A real CRA agent will have no problem with this.
If you come across a scam or other fraudulent activities, we encourage you to report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501. For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud, please see the Canada Revenue Agency’s fraud pages: