October 16, 2014

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) warns taxpayers of phishing scams which attempt to collect information such as credit card, bank account and passport numbers through telephone calls or emails. The CRA does not ask for this type of information and taxpayers should be aware of recent fraudulent activities, which include:

  • Telephone calls threatening individuals into pre-paying fictitious debt to the CRA
  • Emails asking to verify personal information on a web site resembling the CRA’s
  • Emails notifying taxpayers their tax assessment has been verified and a refund is to be issued

If you receive an email that is of a similar matter do not click on any links or enter personal information, and If you receive a phone call it should be ignored and reported to the RCMP.

If the CRA does contact you by telephone you can verify the authenticity of the CRA telephone number by contacting 1-800-959-5525 for business-related calls, and 1-800-959-8281 for individual concerns.

For more information and for tips on identifying possible scams, read the full article on the CRA website.

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