At Clear View Accounting Corp in Williams Lake, we take pride in clearly communicating with our clients and even educating you on taxes. To that end, from time to time we offer tax tips such as this one:
Know How to Recognize a Scam
Many fraud types are invented daily, with new ones popping up all the time. Don’t fall victim!
Don’t Give Personal Information!
Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number.
These scams may insist that this personal information is needed so 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 a 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.
The true CRA will do the following:
The true CRA will NOT do the following:
*Except if you call CRA to request a form or a link for specific information, a CRA Agent will forward the information you are requesting to your email during the telephone call. THIS IS THE ONLY CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH THE CRA WILL SEND AN EMAIL CONTAINING LINKS