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Be leery of this email targeting education support payments

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October 29, 2014 - 11:31 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Parents looking to get the $40-per-day temporary education support payment promised by the government during the B.C. teachers’ strike are advised to be aware of a fraudulent email which includes a link to a false Canada Revenue Agency website.

A Maple Ridge woman contacted the RCMP after receiving an email which linked to a site that looked very similar to the agency’s site, but grew suspicious once the page requested her social insurance number, credit card information and birth date.

A media release from the agency states officials never request any credit card, bank account or passport numbers. The public is warned to not click embedded links in an email as they may contain software which could access personal information on a computer.

If you receive an email and doubt its authenticity, contact the agency directly. For business-related concerns call 1-800-959-5525. Individuals can call 1-800-959-8281.

Following the end of the teachers strike, the provincial government said support payment cheques will be emailed to parents and caregivers by the end of October. Payments will cover the 13 days meaning parents who registered will receive $520 for each eligibile child.

-With files from CBC

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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