With tax season here, you may be getting a call from somebody claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency, or an email asking for personal information from the CRA as well.
While most of the time it can be easy to discern a scam email from a real one, some still fall through the cracks, and John Schoff, owner of Reality Bytes in Drumheller explains how to be extra safe with all emails.
"If you hold your mouse over the links, it will show display the actual URL so you can visually check that without clicking the link. There are some paid services, they will scan through email and there are some services out there that are starting to use artificial intelligence."
Schoff continued saying that those services using artificial intelligence will learn your emailing patterns and flag your account if anything suspicious starts to happen. Even if your password gets out into the world, there can still be some steps you can take to prevent your personal accounts from being compromised.
"I recommend to everybody to enable two-factor authentification just about anywhere you can possibly do it. Once you enable two-factor authentification on your account when you log in, it will ask for your password and you can type that in. Then it will pop up a message inside your mobile app and you have to tap on that message to allow the computer access," says Schoff.
Even with all of this protection, you could still be vulnerable to scams, the people designing these frauds are starting to become smarter.
"[Scams] are pretty much all year round, all the time. It seems like criminals are getting a little bit smarter about targeting the Revenue Canada scams, they seem to increase around tax time because most people assume they will be dealing with Revenue Canada around that time," concluded Schoff.