"Canada Revenue" email scams

It's that time of year again! Scam artists send messages from "Revenue Canada" requesting your personal information.

The CRA will not do the following [taken from the CRA website]:
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
The purpose of these messages is: to deliver Malware to your computer by having you click on a link or attachment; to extort money from you by having you provide your banking information; or to obtain your personal information for identity theft.

If you receive a call or email saying you owe money to the CRA, call the CRA or check your "My Account" to be sure. Contact information can be found at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/menu-eng.html.

Always check the validity of a link in any message that you receive, even from someone you trust. The quickest way to check is to hover your mouse over the link. You will either see a popup directly over your mouse pointer (if you are using a program such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Live Mail, etc.) or the link will appear in the bottom left-hand corner of your internet browser window. If the link looks suspicious, it probably is.

When in doubt, contact us. We are here to help!