Ahhh Spring. Time for fresh starts, spring cleaning, spring blossoms, and SCAMMERS! That’s right, unfortunately there are many out there that take advantage of our great nature. Phishing, (not fishing, that’s a good thing!) comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips to help keep you from losing everything you work so hard for!
Tax season can be a trying time, especially for those who must pay. Couple that with a CRA scammer and tax time can be a real pain in the pocket book.
Here are some tips from CRA regarding this:
Scammers can fake their caller ID so it is important to really confirm the caller’s identity. Ask important questions and ask them to give YOU information, but don’t give any out yourself.
Confirm status of your account online rather than believing what the caller is telling you.
When in doubt, simply hang up the phone. If you feel there may be a real concern about your account, call the CRA yourself using the number from the website, never the number on the caller ID.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
The CRA will NEVER:
1. Use aggressive language or tone to threaten you. If this happens, hang up.
2. Ask for prepaid credit cards or gift cards, again if this happens, hang up.
3. Threaten to arrest you or send police. Do not call the number back that they tell you to call! And if this happens while you are on a live call, you guessed it, HANG UP!
BE DILIGANT AND EDUCATE YOURSELF
Unfortunately, we have become a society that is reliant upon technology for our everyday lives. This convenience also leaves us susceptible to hackers, schemers and scammers.
This post only touches on a few of the ways that we can be deceived and attacked by the unknown. Take some time to research things, including bank card safety. An educated consumer is less likely to become a victim.
If we all are vigilant in our network safety, whether that is by phone or internet we can help ensure that we do not fall prey to these attacks.
Have a safe and virus-free spring!