CRA – Scam Alert
FACT: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will never threaten you, or demand personal information.
Know how to recognize a scam:
Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive mail, a phone call, text message or email, claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These fraudulent communications typically request personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, etc.
These scams may insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Cases of fraudulent communication could also involve threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. These are scams and taxpayers should never respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided. If you’re not sure, call the CRA directly yourself, or go to the official Canada Revenue Agency website and check “My Account”.
Visit the CRA website for more detailed information: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html