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Throughout the month of March, we are highlighting Fraud Prevention Month by offering a series of blogs written by CFIB Business Counsellors who field a lot of calls from businesses concerned about fraud.
One of the trickiest types of fraud to detect revolves around tax matters. Scam artists are known to present to business owners as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Of course, many people feel their heart skip a beat when they see or hear the words “Canada Revenue Agency,” so this gives fraudsters an opening to prey on this sensitivity.
Check out these seven tips so you’ll know when it’s really the CRA.
Tax season is just around the corner! At this time of year, it’s possible that the CRA will contact you by phone for legitimate tax reasons – here’s what you should know:
Recently, there has been an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not — these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity / financial theft.
For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.
If you think you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact your local police service or contact your CFIB business counsellor.
Michelle Auger is Coordinator of the National Affairs team with CFIB Ottawa and has been with the organization since September 2015. Michelle holds an Honors Baccalaureate in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa and is fully bilingual. An avid runner and cross-country skier, Michelle spends much of her free time exploring Gatineau Park.