Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

March 02, 2011 11:39 ET

Minister Keith Ashfield Reminds Canadians to Protect Themselves From Fraud

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - March is Fraud Prevention Month across Canada and around the world. During tax-filing season, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, is reminding Canadians to protect their personal information and protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

"Informing yourself about the prevention of identity theft is the most important part of making sure you do not become a victim; being informed is the best way to recognize and report cases of fraud," said Minister Ashfield. "If you do become a victim, our government has given police and the courts new ways to fight against identity theft and to support victims of this growing crime. We will continue to strengthen the rules against these abuses and support victims' rights."

There are many avenues for someone to get a hold of an individual's personal information - by email, letter, telephone, or door to door. With so many possible threats, it is important to protect your personal information at all times but particularly during tax filing season when you might be more inclined to give out your information.

The CRA Web site has information and advice on how to keep tax information safe. Visit www.cra.gc.ca to find a number of resources that can help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    613-952-9184
    or
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Erin Filliter
    Director of Communications
    613-995-2960