Don’t get scammed!
During the tax season, there are many tax scams popping up everywhere. And if you fall for these tax scams, it can cost you a very pretty penny! So know how to protect yourself!
First and foremost, if you receive an email, phone call, letter or text message claiming to be from the CRA asking for personal information such as SIN, credit card number, bank account number or passport number, THIS IS A SCAM!
You must always remember that the CRA will NEVER do any of the following:-Send an unsolicited email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information;
-Ask for any kind of personal information through email or text message;
-Ask to be paid by prepaid credit cards or gift cards;
-Leave any of your personal information on an answering machine;
As convincing as they may seem, any correspondence supposedly from the CRA doing any of the mentioned things above, they are scams and you should never respond to them or click any of the links.
If you receive a call saying you owe money to the CRA, do not panic and do not give in to any requests for money. You must call the CRA first using the phone numbers listed on their official website to verify or you can also go online and check My Account.