Some of the common scams in the past have been:
- Emails with a link to register for direct deposit or a form to request a refund
- CRA will never send you an email about your refund. If you have provided them with your email address, all they will send you is a notification to log in to My Account on their secure website. There isn’t even a link in that message.
- Interac e-Transfer from Canada Revenue Agency
- CRA will never send you money by e-Transfer. If you have set up direct deposit, they will put the money directly in your account. If the deposit fails, they will mail you a paper cheque.
- An agent calls from CRA demanding immediate payment of a tax debt and threatens arrest or deportation. Often these callers want unusual methods of payment like Western Union drafts or prepaid credit cards.
- If a collections officer calls to ask about a debt that you don’t know about, get their name and agent number and call the CRA main inquiries line 1-800-959-8281 to verify their identity.
If you are our client, we will have access to your account and you can always contact us to verify anything that seems fishy.