This is another reminder to be aware of creative fraudsters. Recently a client came to us with an email they received from “Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)”. The email claimed they were entitled to a refund from the filing of their personal income tax return. The email stated they could obtain the refund through direct deposit by clicking on an attached link and entering their bank account information. The link brought them to a site that looked in every way like the actual CRA website. It was very convincing. Luckily, in this case the client was suspicious, and came to us for clarification. This email was a scam.
It is important to remember that CRA will never request information from you through email or text messaging. They will only contact you by mail or phone.
If you are not sure about the authenticity of a call or letter it is best to phone CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to ensure it is legitimate.