Identity theft prompted CRA to freeze up to 800,000 taxpayer accounts


Identify thieves have breached as many as 800,000 online accounts in order to obtain federal pandemic relief cheques, according to the Canada Revenue Agency. As a result, CRA has locked those accounts and offered free credit protection to an undisclosed number of those that were victimized, says Blacklock’s Reporter. The cost to taxpayers was not revealed. Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons that “impacted individuals with email addresses on file were notified.” CRA earlier said it was aware of suspicious claims for CERB (the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.) CRA has said it won’t know the full extent of CERB fraud until Canadians file tax returns by the April 30, 2021 deadline.

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