The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is warning taxpayers to beware of telephone calls or emails that falsely claim to be from the CRA.
Individuals should be aware of phishing scams asking for information such as credit card, bank account and passport numbers. The CRA would never ask for such information.
Some scammers ask directly for personal information, while others direct potential victims to a website resembling the CRA’s that ask the person to verify their identity by entering personal information.
Taxpayers should not click on links included in these emails. Email scams may also contain embedded malicious software capable of harming one’s computer and putting their personal information at risk.
Examples of recent telephone scams involve threatening or coercive language aiming to scare individuals into pre-paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Such calls should be ignored and reported to the RCMP.
Examples of recent email scams include notifications to taxpayers that they are entitled to a refund of a certain amount. These emails often contain CRA logos or Internet links that appear official, as well as obvious spelling and grammar mistakes.