Beware of fraudulent emails from CRA

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 by Real Estate Accountants

We have had a number of clients ask us about suspicious emails they’ve received that claims to be from Canada Revenue Agency. To help combat this problem, CRA has issued a series of warnings about email scams that are currently circulating.

The CRA has posted an article outlining what you should beware of when you receive a communciation from someone purporting to be CRA: Beware of fraudulent communications.

They have also provided samples of fraudulent communications that taxpayers have been receiving:

As they note in the article, the CRA does not do the following:

  • The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email.
  • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
  • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.

The CRA urges that when in doubt, ask yourself the following:

  • Am I expecting additional money from the CRA?
  • Does this sound too good to be true?
  • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
  • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
  • How did the requester get my email address?
  • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

Having a healthy dose of caution when receiving unexpected emails is a good policy.


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