Police are warning us to watch out for tax scammer’s, y’know people who say they will do your taxes and we’re like great…here’s all my financial info and where do i put my money to pay you to do this…
Well don’t do that.
At least not until you do a thorough back ground check anyway. Our friend and QR77 News Director Joe McFarland wrote a great piece on what to watch out for which you can see by clicking here or check out the point form stuff that i just ripped from his blog below anyway…. (Thanks Joe)
The following information is from CPS:
What you need to know to protect yourself
– Do not feel pressure to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
– Never transfer money, or give out credit card or other financial information, until you can verify the person’s identity and the story, and determine whether it is legitimate.
– The CRA will not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer.
– Look up published numbers for the CRA in the phone book and confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story. Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
– Don’t believe what you see. Business logos, websites and email addresses can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
– Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
– Contact the business directly to legitimize the communication before you take any action. Search online to get contact information from an official source.
– Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link, or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
– Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
– Update your computer’s anti-virus software.
– Ignore calls for immediate action or messages that create a sense of urgency.
– Beware of Phishing emails posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information, or links within an email re-directing to a fraudulent website that appears to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA does not email Canadians and request personal information.
– Never provide personal information such as SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.
How to report
-If you’ve lost money as a result of this scam, call police at the non-emergency line 403-266-1234.
Anyone who may have other information about these scams, including unsuccessful attempts to obtain money, is asked to contact either:
– Online at calgarypolice.ca through the ‘Report a Crime’ link
– Non-emergency number 403-266-1234
– Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods: TALK: 1-800-222-8477, TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org, TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637.