Recognizing a scam
Scams may look like they are from the Government of Canada
Many scams and frauds attempt to imitate government services in order to gain access to your personal and financial information. To identify legitimate communications from us, read these guidelines and know what to expect if we contact you.
Learn how to identify Service Canada or 1 800 O-Canada fake calls, texts, emails or mail.
Learn how to identify CRA fake calls, texts, emails or mail.
Learn how to identify Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada fake calls, texts, emails or mail.
Types of scams and fraud
Beware of telephone calls claiming to be from the Government of Canada.
Beware of suspicious requests demanding immediate payment.
Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Government of Canada.
Beware of text messages and instant messaging that looks like it’s from the Government of Canada.
Beware of mail that looks like it’s from the Government of Canada.
Learn about the kinds of scams newcomers to Canada should watch out for.
Learn about reported scams related to COVID-19 and how to protect yourself.
Learn about simple steps you can take to protect yourself online like choosing strong passwords, passphrases and PINs.
Learn how to avoid scammer pressure tactics, get tips on how to verify whether a communication is legitimate, and what to do if you suspect a scam.
Find information on how to protect your SIN, and what to do if you suspect your SIN is being used by someone, or you have been affected by a data breach.
Scammers may try to steal your personal and financial information to access your accounts and steal your money. Learn more about how to protect yourself.
If you or a family member have been contacted by a scammer, report it the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Learn about what you can do if you are a victim of fraud.
Making false or misleading claims to promote a product or service is illegal in Canada, and can be reported to the Competition Bureau.
False and misleading advertising of drugs, medical devices and natural health products including hand sanitizers and disinfectants is illegal in Canada.