Beware CRA Tax Refund Email Scam

  
     
Don't be fooled by an email phishing scam claiming you are receiving a tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency.
May 05, 2014

Following the tax season another round of fake emails have been sent out to unsuspecting victims claming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency. The fake email claims that your tax documents have been reviewed and that you are eligible to recieve a substantial tax refund. 

The email appears official and includes a Tax Refund ID number and an attached document to which you must download and complete to recieve your refund.

Be aware that this email scam likely contains a viscous malware virus, as well as being an identity theft phishing scheme. DO NOT open the attachment. To protect yourself, immediately delete the email, and do not click on any links or download any attachments. 

The CRA does not do the following:

  • The CRA never requests, by email, personal information of any kind from a taxpayer.
  • The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license.
  • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
  • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.

When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

  • Am I expecting additional money from the CRA?
  • Does this sound too good to be true?
  • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
  • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
  • How did the requester get my email address?
  • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

For more information about this type of scam visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2013/l131210-eng.html