I would like to share with you the details of my contact with an identity thief
participating in "CRA Fraud
Today I received a voicemail message from a person who identified himself as Mr. Yun from Revenue Canada
He requested some clarifications regarding the corporation which I used to own, and asked to call him back.
Some hints in Mr. Yun's message made me google his phone number.
I quickly found out that the identity of the caller was debatable, according to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:==============================================
(604)-691-4994: reported as a Scammer/Fraudster
They call identifying themselves as Revenue Canada trying to get your DOB and SIN. DO NOT give them any information.
If you get a call from this number to call the Fraud Centre immediately to report this and ask for Daniel Williams.
Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501 Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654-9426
I immediately called Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report the incident, and even before I could speak to an agent
their voicemail recording said "We are aware of the CRA Fraud Scam, and investigating it..."
A bit more details about my particular case:
The identity thief was calling from a Vancouver land line 604.691.4994, and asked to call him back at: 1.866.526.5548
(I am including these phone numbers in order to allow people who google these numbers to find my posting and avoid falling into the trap)
In his message he provided a fare amount of details about the corporation I used to own, he obviously did his homework and prepared for the call in order to sound convincing.
90% of the details he provided are in public access on Corporations Canada web-site, and 10% of them was probably a reasonable guess.
I must admit that the message sounded very convincing, and I am glad that I did my research first.
Chances are that the scammers succeeded to retrieve from some unsuspecting people their Date-Of-Birth and SIN info,
which made those people potential victims of financial scams.
I am posting this information to LiveJournal communities Toronto and Toronto_Ru, and sharing it with my friends.
Please feel free to repost it on Facebook etc.
P.S. As a bonus information on the same subject:
In order to track the attempts to hijack your financial identity, you may request your credit report from one of the government agencies.
It is a FREE service, and the info in the report is updated every 3 months.
I am requesting it every 4-5 months from Equifax: http://www.equifax.com/home/en_us
If you wish you may also request your credit score from that agency, the credit score is not free but affordable, around $12