NewsEmergency Response Benefit text scam making rounds SHARE ON: Ashley Roberts, staff Monday, Mar. 30th, 2020 Scam alert. (Gerd Altmann, Pixabay.com)If you get a text message that says you’re getting money from the Emergency Response Benefit, delete it.It’s a scam.It will say, ‘The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit for $1375.50.’It then gives you a link to click on followed by ‘Data rates may apply.’The link will take you to a web page where you’ll be asked to provide your personal information.While the Emergency Response Benefit is a government initiative aimed to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic, the text is not from the government.The taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Canada Revenue Agency will never use text messages or instant messaging such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp under any circumstance. If you get a text or instant messages claiming to be from the CRA, they are scams.