Douglas College > About Douglas > News and Media > News > 2019 > April > Advice from CEIT to avoid scams this tax season
Tax season is upon us and scammers are hard at work looking for potential targets. Everyone, students included, should be extra cautious during this time of year when receiving calls, text messages and emails from people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These online attackers will impersonate the CRA to try to trick you into revealing personal or financial information.
Whether it’s a phishing email saying you’ve received a financial aid refund from student loans, or a text message with an e-transfer saying it’s from the CRA, falling prey to these scams could result in identity theft and leave you at a financial loss.
Here’s what you need to know when you receive a call, text message, or an email from someone claiming to be from the CRA.
Things the CRA will never do when contacting you:
Things the CRA might do when contacting you:
If you think you’ve received a fraudulent email or text message do not respond to the message. Do not click on any links or open any attachments. Delete these messages. If you receive a suspicious phone call, do not give out any personal information and end the call. If you think you’ve been tricked into providing your personal or financial information, contact your local police.
To learn more about protecting yourself from scams and frauds, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.
To learn more about IT Security and tips to be safe online, visit the Douglas College IT Security page.
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