Know how to recognize a scam

There are many fraud types, including new ones invented daily.

Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the from the Government of Canada requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

These scams may insist that this personal information or a payment is needed to avoid litigation or fines.

To identify legitimate communications from the Government of Canada, be aware of these guidelines and know what to expect when the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) contacts you.

By phone

The MPCC may

The MPCC will never

By email

The MPCC may

The MPCC will never

By mail

The MPCC may

The MPCC will never

How to protect yourself from identity theft

Have you been a victim?

You should report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.
If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local police service.

If your social insurance number (SIN) has been stolen, you should contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218. For more information, see Social Insurance Number (Service Canada website).
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