Canada Revenue Agency Scam
Background: the CRA was hacked and the names and personal info of millions of Canadians was stolen. The CRA should be held responsible and liable for not improving the security on its servers to protect the private data of Canadians. When hackers find a security vulnerability, they often ask to be paid for their work - work that the CRA should’ve done and didn’t. If they paid the hackers, the data would not be touched and the CRA should take the necessary steps to secure the vulnerability - the security gaps that the hackers found. But that’s not what happened. The CRA refused to protect Canadians by paying the hackers and fixing the security gap in their systems. Instead of taking responsibility, the Canadian govt turned a blind eye and tried to cover up its own incompetence by villainizing the hackers. The info that the hackers stole has been sold off or dumped. People with intent to make money from this data without regard to the harm of the individual will use this private data to scam Canadians. The call from this number came from such a scammer. (The same thing happened with Bell Canada.)
Organizations like CRA and Bell Canada, whose data has been hacked, should be held liable for billions of dollars through class action suits by Canadians. Canadians normally have a choice to whom they wish to provide their private data to. But the CRA demands each individuals private info by law. The govt also protects its oligopolies, like Bell Canada. Thus, there is a much greater burden of responsibility by these organizations to protect the private data of Canadians.