The Provincial Government is asking Albertans to use caution if they receive texts claiming to be from the government about affordability payments. 

Alberta’s government has received reports of text messages attempting to defraud unsuspecting Albertans, including seniors and families who may be eligible for targeted relief payments. In one scam text, people are asked to click on a link to register for automatic bank payments.

“Under no circumstance would Alberta’s government send emails or texts requesting information for the affordability program. Users should never click on links or provide personal or banking information to text messages or emails,” said Nate Glubbish, Minister of Technology and Innovation. 

Albertans who wish to apply for affordability payments can do so by clicking here. 

If you are ever uncertain or think you’ve been the target of a phishing scam, report concerns to the police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.