Fraud Warning : The CRA Does Not Accept Bitcoin or money transfers

Equibytes would like to remind the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails, letters and phone calls directed to Canadian citizens by scammers posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in an attempt to extract payment.

Contact the CRA if you receive a communication (telephone, email or other) from someone who claims to be a CRA agent before responding or giving any personal details.

Do not send Bitcoin in response to such requests.

Remember: bitcoin transactions are irreversible.


On January 25, 2015, CRA updated their webpage entitled “Beware of Fraudulent Communications” to indicate that they have become aware of a new scam involving email money transfers.

See https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/newsroom/alerts/alerts-2015/beware-telephone-email-scams.html

We encourage you to contact the CRA to be familiar with their rules and procedures - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html


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