Protect yourself from tax fraud

Protect yourself from tax fraud

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Haldimand OPP is reminding the public to always protect their personal information and be extra vigilant to avoid being a victim of fraud with the tax season upon us.

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud amassing losses in the millions of dollars.

Regardless of age, gender and location, everyone can take basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. Some basic tips include never giving out personal information at your door, over the phone, through social media, or on dating websites.

In the typical Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam, the criminals extort money from their victims by telephone, mail, text message or email with a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

A new twist is that fraudsters will leave a pre-recorded, clear message on your voicemail impersonating the real CRA. Fraudsters are either phishing for your identification or asking that outstanding taxes be paid by a money service business or by pre-paid debit/credit cards. They may insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment.

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