With so many different scams out there, it can be hard to judge if a call, email or text is legitimate. For one of the COVID-19 benefits, be on the lookout for an actual message from the government. A CERB email might land in your inbox if you applied for the benefit through Service Canada and it's not a scam.\nOn Twitter, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is letting people know about how the CERB works.\nIf you applied for the benefit through Service Canada and the EI program, you might be contacted through email.\nThose emails are legitimate and not a scam trying to swindle you out of money.\nESDC tweeted a notice that they are necessary for you to continue to get paid with the benefit.\nAccording to Global News, many Canadians have gotten those emails that remind them to file their bi-weekly EI reports.\nWhile you might get an email about the benefit, the government won't reach out by email or text to ask you to apply for it or to notify you that you've gotten a payment.\nIf you're unsure if what you've received is legitimate or not, you can call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) and ask for any communication with you to be verified.\nYou may have already received your #CERB payment.If you applied for EI through @ServiceCanada_E, we may contact you by email. These emails are legitimate and necessary for you to continue to be paid. https://t.co/h4cq3mDg5Z #COVID19 #EconomicResponse pic.twitter.com/4hCD0KLVwE— Employment and Social Development Canada (@ESDC_GC) May 1, 2020\nOnly a day after the CERB was first announced, Justin Trudeau had to warn Canadians about a text scam regarding the benefit.\nThe application portal hadn't even opened at that point.\nPeople were getting messages that said, "Alert: The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit for $1375.50."\nSome Canadians started to get the actual money at the beginning of April because if they had already applied for EI, they didn't have to do the same for the benefit.\nPM Trudeau provides details on Canada Emergency Response Benefit:- cannot get both wage subsidy & CERB - register online or by calling CRA- direct deposit in 3–5 days; 10 days by mail- once-a-month check-in- no action needed if applied already via EI#cdnpoli #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/GER4kuS2Rn— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) April 1, 2020\nWith the CERB, out of work Canadians can get $2,000 a month for up to four months.\nHowever, your application doesn't roll over to the next month.\nEligibility is a fixed four-week period so if your situation continues after four weeks, you have to re-apply for the CERB.\nYou can get money from the government for a maximum of 16 weeks.\nIf you are re-hired because of the wage subsidy or are choosing not to work and get the CERB, you'll have to pay that money back.