At Clear View Accounting 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 to them!
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. Contact us to learn more.
The true CRA will do the following:
Send a registration confirmation email to the address you provided for online mail service for an individual or business
Send an email to the address you provided to notify you when new online mail is available to view in the CRA secure online portal
The true CRA will not do the following:
Send an email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information*
Ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message
Request payments by prepaid credit cards
Give taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer
Leave personal information on an answering machine
*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.