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Scam Alert

There are a lot of scam artists out there and they are evidently doing quite well as the number of scams just keeps increasing. As one shuts down, another pops up.

Please be aware of these scams and do not, under any circumstances respond to them.

Current scams

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scams: There are two versions of this.
    • The first one involves a phone call from someone saying they are an agent of CRA and that you owe CRA money and you need to pay up now, or else. As the phone call progresses the agent becomes more aggressive. The agent tells you that if you do not pay this money the police will come and take you to jail. They ask for payment by credit card, Western Union or gift cards.
      • What you should do
      • Hang up the phone and do nothing
      • If you are concerned about the call, phone your accountant or if you don’t have an accountant, phone the CRA Fraud # 1-888-495-850
    • The second CRA scam involves and email saying you are due a refund and you just need to click on the file path in the email for how to obtain this refund.
      • Never ever click on a file path in an email that you are not 100% sure of.
        • The scam involves getting your bank account number so that the “phony refund” can be deposited.
        • Do not under any circumstances do this.
        • No money will ever be deposited but with absolutely certainty money will be withdrawn
        • CRA will never ever send you an email regarding a refund.

  • Telus and Rogers Scams:   These are fairly new scams. There are also Canadian Bank scams (TD is the one I have heard about but I have not seen) that are quite similar.
    • If you do open it, then your email will be hacked, and your contacts will receive some kind of scamming email.
    • Protect yourself and protect your contacts.
      • You will receive an email, purporting to be from Telus or from Rogers, (the emails now look very official so watch out) indicating that you have a refund. All you need to do is click on the file path in the email to get this money refunded.
      • Telus and Rogers will never send you an email like this.
      • Never ever click on a file path that you are not 100% sure is from a legitimate source.

  • General scams:   More and more people are having their emails hacked.
    • The hacker then has the contacts, all the personal contacts, of the individual whose email was hacked. You may get something from a close friend that has a file path attached. You might think it is something of interest or something funny to read.
    • Do not open the attachment or do not follow the file path unless you are absolutely certain that this is from your friend.
      • If you do open it, then your email will be hacked and our contacts will receive some kind of scamming email.
      • protect yourself and protect your contacts.

For more info on CRA scams please refer to the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html

We have not only highlighted background information on our firm and the services we provide, but we have also included:

  •  useful resources such as informative articles (in our Newsletter section) and
  • interactive financial calculators (in our Financial Tools section).

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