CRA advising of scams
It’s tax time and The Record is getting more notices about increasingly popular phone and email imposters.
If you get a call or email that sounds like a scam, it probably is.
When the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) contacts you, it makes sure your personal information is protected.
The CRA will never:
– ask for personal information by email or text message;
– request payment by prepaid credit card;
– share your tax information with another person or organization, unless you have agreed that it can be shared;
– leave personal information on an answering machine;
– threaten with police arrest or use nasty language.
When in doubt, check My Account or call 1-800-959-8281.
To learn more about your personal income tax and benefit information, and to manage your tax affairs online, go to cra.gc.ca/myaccount.
To report scams, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) online at antifraudcentre.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. For more information, go to cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention.