Vancouver, BC – After receiving a number of reports of from residents, BBB is warning consumers to double check any correspondence coming from Revenue Canada by email as it is likely a phishing scam.
How the scam works:
The target receives an email that is supposedly from Canada Revenue Agency saying they are now able to claim their tax refund. Some emails may specify a monetary amount of tax refund. The target is prompted to click on a link to fill out a form and submit personal information in order to claim the funds. Once the fraudsters receive the information, the target is left vulnerable to identity theft, credit card fraud or other nasty outcomes.
President and CEO of BBB Serving Mainland BC, Danielle Primrose, says “Technology is making it easier for scammers to con victims out of their hard-earned money.” “Fraudsters are hiding behind realistic looking logos of trustworthy organizations that are trusted by consumers during the right of time of year when people may be filing their taxes” she says. “Now, more than ever, it is crucial for consumers to trust their gut and check with BBB before making a financial decision.”
BBB provides consumers with these common red flags of email phishing scams:
For media inquiries, contact:
Simone Lis, Vice President
Better Business Bureau