“Scammers are opportunists, and they take advantage of announcements like this to try and get money and personal information, Ultimately they are after your cash and or identity.”
The Alberta government is warning people about a text scam where messages claiming to be from the province invite Albertans to register for affordability payments.
One scam asks people to click on a link to register for automatic bank payments.
“‘Congratulations! You qualified for Alberta’s Affordability Action Plan relief payment. Fill out the secure form linked below to deposit your first payment.’ The consumer was then redirected to a banking screen to choose his financial institution,” one scam message reported to police read.
The Alberta government says it will never text or make unsolicited calls to ask for personal information
On January 18th, an online portal opened for eligible parents and seniors to apply for the benefit.
Families with household incomes below $180,000 are eligible to receive $100 per month for six months for each dependent child under 18. Seniors 65 or older who have household incomes below $180,000 and who do not receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit can also apply for monthly payments. The government will use 2021 tax data to verify user eligibility.
The province said anyone who can’t apply online can apply in person through any registry agent or Alberta Supports Centre.
Albertans who receive benefits through Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Income Support or the Alberta Seniors Benefit, or services through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program, are already registered for the program and will automatically receive payments.
Anyone who thinks they may have been targeted by a scam should report concerns to the police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.