CRA email scams you should know about
It will be tax season in a few weeks and expect to get a few of these email scams. Just to be sure that you know what is and what is not from the CRA, here are the things you need to know when you have received a CRA email.
The CRA generally only sends out an email to a taxpayer when:
• The taxpayer is being sent a notification that they have a new message or a document, such as a notice of assessment or reassessment, that they can view in secure CRA portals such as MyAccount, My Business Account or Represent a Client.
• The taxpayer is being sent a link to a CRA webpage, form or publication that you asked for DURING a telephone call or a meeting with an agent. Note that this is the ONLY case where the CRA will send you a link on an email.
You will know if an email is a scam when:
• The sender gives or asks for your personal or financial information and asks you to click on a link.
• The email contains a link asking you to fill out an online form with your personal or financial details.
• The email contains a link to your refund.
• There is a demand for immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as ITunes and Amazon.
• The email contains a threat for your arrest or a prison sentence.
Again, as we mentioned in previous blogs, it is always best to verify your tax status by calling the official CRA phone number listed on their website.