Earlier this week a woman in Vancouver was picked up by people claiming to be Mounties sent by the CRA who said she owed $6,000 in taxes and forced her into a car, drove her to a bank and made her hand over cash.

These people were not from the RCMP though and had no connection whatsoever to the CRA, the whole thing was a scam.

There have been numerous reports of things like this happening across the country and now the CRA is telling Canadians how to spot one of these scams right away. 

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The CRA says that the most obvious way to tell if someone is trying to scam you in the name of the CRA is that the government agency will never threaten anyone with arrest.

So if people claiming to be some sort of law enforcement show up at your door saying the CRA sent them and you need to pay up to avoid jail the best thing you can do is call the actual police on them.

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The CRA also says that it will never use intimidating language when talking to people.

Even if you did owe thousands in taxes no one from the CRA will ever try to intimidate you into paying up.

As for more common ways of trying to scam people in the CRA's name, such as over the phone or email, the CRA points out that the agency does NOT accept credit card payments. 

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If you get a phone call or an email from someone trying to get your credit card information to pay your taxes it is a scam and you should hang up the phone or delete the email. 

People can confirm the status of their tax accounts and verify whether the communication is really from the CRA by calling 1-800-959-8281 or by checking the "My Account" tab at the agency's official website

Source: CBC