The Better Business Bureau is reminding New Brunswickers to be wary of tax scams.
The Canada Revenue Agency encourages Canadians to go digital with their tax returns, but note that it means scammers have bigger opportunities to target Canadians, according to the BBB.
Common scams involve phishing emails with malicious links and fake CRA websites. Scammers will pose as CRA agents who then pressure people into sharing their personal or banking information.
They also lure people by offering tax refunds and asking for their identity, which is later used to hack into bank accounts.
“Their caller ID appears to be from Ottawa or a CRA unit, cloak emails to look like official websites, and much more,” states the press release.
The Bureau says post-secondary students often fall victim to these scams after con artists tell them they owe money for federal student tax. Once a person’s identity is stolen, it can be used to file taxes on their behalf to collect tax refunds.
Canadians are advised to file taxes early to avoid being scammed with fake returns and to only work with legitimate tax agencies.
To better protect yourself, the Bureau recommends filing taxes early to avoid being scammed with fake returns and to only work with legitimate tax agencies. They also suggest using strong passwords and two-step authentication.
“Remember that the CRA does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or social media,” the release notes.
Anyone who notices fraudulent activity is asked to contact local police or Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.