Kingston Police have learned of an ongoing telephone campaign that claims to offer a rebate for the Ontario Carbon Tax Credit. With tax season upon us, Canadian consumers and businesses need to be on the lookout for false, deceptive and misleading marketing tied to tax incentives and credits being offered by third-party services.
According to a release from Kingston Police, recent reporting to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has identified that consumers are receiving calls asking for their personal and financial information so that the Ontario Carbon Tax Credit can be deposited into their account. Police say in some cases, consumers are also being solicited to sign up for home warranty and protection services.
- Calls offering government related tax benefits.
- Unsolicited calls requesting personal and banking information.
- Unsolicited calls asking you to confirm personal and financial information.
- Government services are free to access.
- Learn about available tax credits by visiting: https://www.ontario.ca/page/taxes-and-benefits and https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/income-tax/personal-income-tax.html
- Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself by visiting: https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/protect-protegez-eng.htm
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact Kingston Police at 613-549-4660 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.