The Most Common Tax Season Scam

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Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Canada. There's no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam. All of us may be vulnerable at some time.

Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you when you’re not expecting it. Scammers are getting smarter and taking advantage of new technology, new products or services and vulnerable situations to create believable stories that will convince you to give them your money or personal details. 

In the following article, we take a look at one of the most common scams that has been troubling online users:

False tax collectors

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is warning Canadians to be careful of emails, voice mails, even mail claiming to be from the CRA. These are phishing scams are very sneaky and could result in identity theft. These email scams may also contain embedded malware or malicious software that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk of compromise. The CRA does not email Canadians and request personal information, so make sure to keep that in mind.

The CRA does NOT use the Interac e-Transfer service to collect or disburse payments. If you receive an email stating that the CRA is trying to send you money or verify personal information, do not respond to this. This is a known phishing scam, created by fraudsters.

The CRA will not do the following:

  • Send an email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information.

  • Ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message.

When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

  • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?

  • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?

  • How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?

  • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

The CRA even has a video warning Canadians about this particular scam.  

For more information on how you can protect yourself online, visit our website.