Many Canadians are victims of fraudsters. Some imitate the CRA to gain access to your personal and financial information. Here are a few tips to avoid getting tricked:
Recognize the scam!
Scammers pretending to be the CRA usually insist that they need your personal or financial information, such as your SIN or credit card details, in order to send you a refund or collect a payment. If you get a message requesting this information, don’t comply.
The caller may use threatening language to scare you into paying a phony tax debt. The CRA will not demand immediate payment and threaten you with arrest if you don’t comply.
You may be told to visit a fake website to verify your identity by entering personal information. The CRA will not do this.
If you receive a call, letter, e-mail or text saying that you owe the CRA money or have received a refund, call the tax authorities at 1-800-959-8281 and ask for written confirmation.
If you think that you may have been tricked into giving personal or financial informationto a scam artist pretending to be a tax collector, contact the police.