On January 25, 2015, CRA updated their webpage entitled “Beware of Fraudulent Communications” to indicate that they have become aware of a new scam involving email money transfers. CRA notes that they send payments only by direct deposit or cheque and never by email money transfer.
The reminder also notes that CRA does not:
- request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email;
- divulge taxpayer information to another person without formal authorization; and,
- leave personal information on an answering machine.
The page also contains links to examples of fraudulent letters, emails and online refund forms.
Action Item: Stay vigilant for potential scams. Contact us if you receive a communication (telephone, email or other) from someone who claims to be a CRA agent before responding or giving any personal details.