This time of year, Canadians are dreaming about their tax refunds, and fraudsters are scheming about taking advantage of that.
Be aware of emails claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). CRA does not contact taxpayers by email. Examples of these fraudulent emails include notifications to taxpayers that they are eligible to receive a tax refund, or that their tax assessment has been verified. Usually there is a link included in these emails, that when clicked on, can embed malicious software that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk.
These emails ask for health card, credit card, bank account or passport numbers, which is information CRA never requests.
For more information, or for examples of fraudulent communications, please go to the CRA website, www.cra.gc.ca/security.