Archive for March 12th, 2012
As guest-host of The Arena on Friday I had the great pleasure of interviewing Daniel Hannan, the British Member of the European Parliament from South-East England famous for keeping his principles, his sense of humour and his popularity in elected politics. Check out this interview and ask how we get more people like this in public affairs, definitely including our own Parliament:
March 12, 2012
The Canada Revenue Agency Does Not Request Personal Information by Email
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–( March 12, 2012) - Did you receive an email from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asking you for personal information or to click on a link to get your refund?
STOP. It’s a “phishing” scam.
The CRA does not ask for personal information of any kind by email. Even though these emails can look real, they do not come from the CRA. They are “phishing” scams that contain special coding or downloadable forms that are designed to steal your personal or financial information.
What is phishing?
Phishing is an email scam to steal personal or financial information using official-looking emails that direct you to fake Web sites that look identical or similar to those of a legitimate business, bank, or government department. The fake Web site will then request personal or financial information.
Most phishing emails include false statements intended to create the impression that you have to do something right away.
If you receive these emails, close them right away and call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to report them.
When in doubt, ask yourself…
- Am I expecting money from the CRA?
- Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
- Are they asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
- How did they get my email address?
- Does this sound too good to be true?
Informing yourself is your best protection against scams and fraudsters. Go to www.cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention <http://www.cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention> or call us at 1-800-959-8281.
Our sister network TVA has a new poll out showing that Quebecers would now vote for the Bloc Quebecois ahead of the NDP (in French). Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find a wall to bang my head against.
Hey, did you hear the latest in the robocall scandal? Apparently – and I’m sorry if this comes as a shock to you – there is more evidence of misleading automated phone calls in the riding of Guelph last election. But this time, it’s the Liberals who did it. Ah! Disbelief! Horror! Consternation!