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.
On Twitter, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is letting people know about how the CERB works.
If you applied for the benefit through Service Canada and the EI program, you might be contacted through email.
Those emails are legitimate and not a scam trying to swindle you out of money.
ESDC tweeted a notice that they are necessary for you to continue to get paid with the benefit.
According to Global News, many Canadians have gotten those emails that remind them to file their bi-weekly EI reports.
While 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.
If 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.
Only a day after the CERB was first announced, Justin Trudeau had to warn Canadians about a text scam regarding the benefit.
The application portal hadn't even opened at that point.
People were getting messages that said, "Alert: The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit for $1375.50."
Some 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.
With the CERB, out of work Canadians can get $2,000 a month for up to four months.
However, your application doesn't roll over to the next month.
Eligibility is a fixed four-week period so if your situation continues after four weeks, you have to re-apply for the CERB.
You can get money from the government for a maximum of 16 weeks.