The Canadian Revenue Agency is expressing its concern with scammers using the agency’s name to bilk Canadians out of their money.
The scam is using text messages, phone calls and emails.
Director General of Collections Tammy Branch says there’s only certain reasons why a real Agency employee will call you.
Those include “if [you] have not filed an income tax and benefit return, [you] owe taxes or money to a government program, there are questions about the records or documents [you] have already sent to the agency,”
The CRA official emphasizes they never ask for personal banking information, nor will they ever send you links by email to forms for you to fill out.
Branch adds the Agency also never uses text messaging for any purpose.
You can also check your tax accounts yourself, anytime, by calling a toll free number or online.
Branch says if you receive such communication, don’t respond and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.