CRA advising of scams

Tax time brings out the cons

  • Apr. 22, 2016 10:00 a.m.

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.

 

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