More Tips to Protect Yourself from Scams

More Tips to Protect Yourself from Scams
Tax season is starting soon and you should expect a rise in scams and other fraudulent activities related to your taxes.

Taxpayers should always be vigilant when you receive correspondence either by phone, email or mail that claims to be from CRA especially if it is asking for personal information such as your social insurance number, credit card number, bank account or passport number.

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind to avoid being a victim of these scams:
• If you are ever asked to pay taxes or fees to the CRA on lottery or sweepstakes winnings, be very suspicious and vigilant. Remember, you do not have to pay taxes or fees on these types of winnings. Therefore, these types of communication are scams.
• Do not provide your personal information through the internet or by email. The CRA never asks for your personal information by email.
• Keep your information such as your address with the CRA current. If you are moving, inform the CRA as soon as possible.
• Do not click on any links claiming to be from the CRA.
• Do not rely on Caller ID information. Some scammers are able to alter the Caller ID.
• Before donating to any charity, check the CRA website to find out if the charity is registered.
• Lastly, choose your tax preparer carefully! Make sure you choose someone you trust!

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