Be Fraud Aware
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Be Fraud Aware!

Recently, reports have been made of residents in Hinton receiving fraudulent calls from scammers pretending to represent the CRA. Some of these calls were received by individuals who received Tax Preparation Assistance from the Town of Hinton.

We'd like to remind all residents, whether they received tax preparation assistance or not, to make sure to take all necessary precautions when receiving these calls, and to be aware of common fraud methods and ways to report them. 

Detecting Fraud Attempts

From the CRA Fraud Prevention Website:

Beware of tax fraud schemes. If you get a call or email that sounds like a scam, it probably is.

When the CRA contacts you, it makes sure your personal information is protected.

The CRA will never:

  • ask for personal information by email or text message;
  • request payment by prepaid credit card;
  • share your tax information with another person or organization, unless you have agreed that it can be shared;
  • leave personal information on an answering machine;
  • threaten or use nasty language.
When in doubt, check My Account or call 1-800-959-8281.

For Further Information:

Visit the Fraud Prevention Website: 

To learn more about your personal income tax and benefit information, and to manage your tax affairs online, go to

For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) online or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

Hinton Victim Services, in partnership with Servus Credit Union, are facilitating a Fraud Awareness presentation. This free event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at 7 PM, and refreshments will be provided. The presentation will discuss identity theft and how to protect yourself from it; Also to be discussed will be some of the more common scams out there and what to look out for, as well as how to identify them. Find more information on the Victim Services Facebook Page

If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact the Hinton RCMP at (780) 740-8059.

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