Pro­tect your­self against fraud

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

Know how to rec­og­nize a scam:

There are many fraud types, in­clud­ing new ones in­vented daily.

Tax­pay­ers should be vig­i­lant when they re­ceive, ei­ther by tele­phone, mail, text mes­sage or email, a fraud­u­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion that claims to be from the 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 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. To iden­tify com­mu­ni­ca­tions not from the CRA, be aware of

th­ese guide­lines:

If you re­ceive a call say­ing you owe money to the CRA, you can call us or check My Ac­count to be sure. • If you have signed up for on­line mail (avail­able through My Ac­count, My Busi­ness Ac­count, and Rep­re­sent a Client), the CRA will do the fol­low­ing: • Send a reg­is­tra­tion con­fir­ma­tion email to the ad­dress you pro­vided for on­line mail ser­vice for an in­di­vid­ual or a busi­ness; and • Send an email to the ad­dress you pro­vided to no­tify you when new on­line mail is avail­able to view in the CRA’s se­cure on­line ser­vices por­tal.

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