The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
warns all taxpayers to beware of telephone calls or emails that
claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing and other
fraudulent scams that could result in identity and financial
People should be especially
aware of phishing scams asking for information such as credit card,
bank account, and passport numbers. The CRA would never ask for
this type information. Some of these scams ask for this personal
information directly, and others refer the taxpayer to a Web site
resembling the CRA's, where the person is asked 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 that can harm your computer and
put your personal information at risk.
Examples of recent telephone
scams involve threatening or coercive language to scare individuals
into pre-paying fictitious debt to the CRA. These calls should be
ignored and reported to the RCMP (see contact information
Examples of recent email scams
include notifications to taxpayers that they are entitled to a
refund of a specific amount, or informing taxpayers that their tax
assessment has been verified and they are eligible to receive a tax
refund. These emails often have CRA logos or internet links that
appear official. Some contain obvious grammar or spelling
These types of communication are
not from the CRA.
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