IMPORTANT: We are hearing of an increase in telephone & phishing scams targeting seniors. PROTECT YOURSELF.
It is income tax season and scammers are pretending to be CRA representatives. The scammer may even mention a local seniors organization like the 411 Seniors Centre to garner your trust. Here’s how someone can make sure they are talking to an employee from the CRA:
- 1. Tell the caller you would like to first verify their identity.
- 2. Request and make a note of their:
- Phone number
- Office location
- End the call
- Check the information given during the call is legitimate by contacting the CRA yourself
This should be done before giving any information to the caller.
Here is a helpful booklet on common scams
Available in multiple languages here: https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/…/eng/04333.html