Be on alert for government benefit scams, business rewards and other “too good to be true” offers.
There's been a significant increase in false texts and emails that try to make you believe, for example, you've received a CERB or other government benefit. These messages will usually ask you to click a link to claim your benefit.
Think twice before you click. If you receive an unsolicited text or email from someone you don’t know asking you to click on a link, don’t do it.
Do your homework. Even if a call or message seems to come from an official source, research it before handing over sensitive information, such as your name, address, or banking information. Scammers often try to earn consumers’ trust by impersonating reputable, official institutions.
Remember, the CRA will never send you text messages. If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it probably is. Be skeptical and never respond to these messages or click on the link – even if it seems like it came from a credible source.
Arm yourself with the latest list of COVID-19 scams from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
If you have any questions, call us Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5pm at 604.254.100.
Stay home. Be safe. Be extra diligent for scams.