The Government of Alberta has received reports of Albertans receiving texts falsely claiming to be from the provincial government. In these phishing scams, recipients of the text are invited to apply for an energy rebate by clicking on a URL that appears to link to a provincial or federal government agency or program.
Neither the Government of Alberta nor the Government of Canada has sent emails or texts to Albertans about the electricity rebate program or any other energy rebates. Never click on links or provide personal or banking information in response to text messages or emails that you didn’t ask for, or if you don’t know the sender.
The Government of Alberta’s forthcoming electricity rebate program will be applied directly to Albertans’ bills in the coming months – there will be no need to apply for the rebate. More information will be released in the near future.
- Under the electricity rebate, more than 1.9 million Albertans will receive bill credits for $50 over three consecutive months ($150 in total) on their electricity bills to help offset the high costs they experienced last winter.
- Targeted relief will be provided for residential, farm and small business customers who consume less than 250 megawatt hours per year.
- Additional program details will be publicly released in the near future.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud or suspected fraud, report it to the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.