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Don't pay your contractor under the table!
Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.
Don't pay your contractor under the table! - If you're planning on hiring a contractor to do construction, renovation, or repair work on your home, remember that paying "under the table" for ....   Read more...

Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Closer Connection Form 8840: TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - The Canadian Snowbird Association recommends that all snowbirds who consistently spend four (4) months or longer in the United States each year file a....   Read more...

Don’t use your SIN as a substitute for an SSN
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Don’t use your SIN as a substitute for an SSN - For some snowbirds, it is common practice to innocently substitute the first eight digits of their nine digit Canadian Social Insurance Number whe....   Read more...

The Canada Revenue Agency warns Canadians of mail scam
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
The Canada Revenue Agency warns Canadians of mail scam - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is warning taxpayers to beware of a recent scam where some Canadians are receiving a letter fraudulently identified as....   Read more...

8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE
Posted date : May 23, 2008.
8840 – TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial....   Read more...

Cellphone Fraud
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Cellphone Fraud - In recent years, cellular phone security has improved remarkably. Yet there are still instances in which cellphones and cellphone usage can become the....   Read more...

New Scammers After Credit Cards
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
New Scammers After Credit Cards - Here is yet another credit card scam to add to the seemingly endless number of existing scams. Be aware of callers claiming to represent the Security ....   Read more...

8840 – To File or Not to File
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
8840 – To File or Not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen
Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.
Signs Your Identity Has Been Stolen - Bills and statements don't arrive when they're supposed to - they may have been stolen from the mailbox or someone has changed the mailing address.You....   Read more...

B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Deadline - B.C. Property Assessment Appeals Dead line is January 31, 2007Rick Thorpe, British Columbia's Minister Responsible for the British Columbia Assessment....   Read more...

E-mail Fraud Alert
Posted date : Dec 20, 2006.
E-mail Fraud Alert - E-mail Fraud AlertSome Canadians are receiving e-mails fraudulently identified as coming from the Department of Finance Canada that promise a tax refu....   Read more...

Debit and Credit Card Skimming
Posted date : Jul 14, 2006.
Debit and Credit Card Skimming - On July 13, 2006, the manager of the Rainbow Esso Gas Station, located at 2688 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, discovered a new s....   Read more...

To File or not to File
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
To File or not to File - If you have been spending an extensive amount of time in the United States over the last few years, it is imperative that you take the Substantial Pre....   Read more...

Sneaky Scams: Be aware!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Sneaky Scams: Be aware! - Here are just a few more illegal schemes to be aware of, whether you're online, on the telephone, or at your front door. Reloading Also known as "....   Read more...

Medipac Hits the Target!
Posted date : May 25, 2007.
Medipac Hits the Target! - At the beginning of the Medipac Early Bird Insurance campaign, it was pledged that $5.00 would be contributed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation for eve....   Read more...

Tips to Avoid Identity Theft
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Tips to Avoid Identity Theft - 1. The next time you order cheques, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your cheque book, the....   Read more...

Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Stop Them Dead in Their Tracks - If your wallet is stolen or missing, call the national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Insur....   Read more...

U.S. Banking Information Scam
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
U.S. Banking Information Scam - This latest scam involves the misuse of the W8-BEN form (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding). The W8-....   Read more...

W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds
Posted date : Jun 29, 2005.
The CSA wishes to inform its members of a newly discovered "SCAM" targeting Canadian snowbirds. This SCAM involves the use of a bogus W8-BEN form - Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. W8-BEN SCAM Targeting Canadian Snowbirds - U.S. BANKING INFORMATION SCAMW8-BEN – Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax WithholdingThe Canadian Snowbird Assoc....   Read more...

Phishing
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Phishing - Phishing attacks are "look alike" e-mails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data, such as credit c....   Read more...

Avoid Identify Theft
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
Avoid Identify Theft - Follow these helpful tips to avoid misuse of your personal and financial information: Store financial statements and other personal documents in a sa....   Read more...

2004 Closer Connection Form
Posted date : May 16, 2007.
2004 Closer Connection Form - The 2004 Closer Connection form 8840 is now available on the IRS website, located at www.irs.gov, and a link is provided to the form on the CSA websit....   Read more...

Changes in the FIRPTA
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Changes in the FIRPTA - As of November 3, 2003 anyone who purchases property from a foreigner on U.S. soil (i.e. a Canadian who owns U.S. Property) that is valued over $300,0....   Read more...

CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
CIBC Currency Exchange Fees Increase - The CIBC has announced that users of their credit cards will be assessed a 2.5% administrative fee on all transactions involving foreign currency star....   Read more...

Yet Another Phone Scam
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Yet Another Phone Scam - We've already told our members to be aware of people calling to tell you that you've won a prize and giving a phoney number for you to call to collect....   Read more...

Phone Crooks
Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.
Phone Crooks - AT&T has recently released a fraud warning for area code (809). Calls to this area code are billable in the same manner as the (900) area code, th....   Read more...

Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance
Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.
Work at Home, Make a Million...Not a Chance - You've seen the ads offering great sums of money for you to work from home...how legitimate are they?Many are scams targeting those who can least affo....   Read more...

Just Sign on the Bottom Line!
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Just Sign on the Bottom Line! - Have you ever felt rushed into signing on the dotted line for some home improvement work? If you have, you're not alone. Each year, unscrupulous con a....   Read more...

ATM Safety
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
ATM Safety - You're in a large mall using an automatic teller machine. How secure are you, really? If you approach the machine and then start fishing in your purse....   Read more...

Checking the Cheque
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Checking the Cheque - One particularly onerous scam against seniors preys on those suffering from memory loss. Once choosing his or her "mark," the con artist will call the....   Read more...

Phony Phone Messages
Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.
Phony Phone Messages - We all (hopefully) know that when we call a 1-900 number, our telephone company will charge us on our phone bill, usually on a per-minute basis. Charg....   Read more...

Travellers' Cheque Catch-22
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Travellers' Cheque Catch-22 - CSA member Kenneth Ramsay wrote to warn fellow members about a sea of red tape he fell into after a recent holiday. While on vacation in Green Valle....   Read more...