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Every year, scammers take advantage of income tax filing season to try to trick Canadians into divulging sensitive personal information that scammers can use to commit fraud or into sending money to pay off fictitious "debts".

How to spot most tax season scams

There are often red flags that the email or text you just received is a scam:

  1. Does the call or voicemail make threats about debt that you owe the CRA and ask for payments in bitcoin or gift cards?
  2. Does the email, call or text convey a sense of urgency or a warning that they’ll contact police if you don’t reply?
  3. Does the email or text ask you to click on a link and verify your identity by entering personal information into an online form so you can receive a refund or benefit payment?

Learn about recent tax scams by clicking on the "Access this resource" button below. 

Author: Canada Revenue Agency
Topic: Consumer protection
Location: Canada
Format: Fact sheet, Guides
Content Type: Tools
Publication Date: March 5, 2024