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Beware of Fraudsters Representing Themselves as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)


Lisa Garland on January 22, 2016 in Income Tax Advice

It is that time of year again when phone calls and emails that appear to come from CRA are common. They can look and sound convincing. 

Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.  Remember, the CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email. For information on how to protect yourself from fraud and recognize a scam, visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html#h3

The following is an example of a “phishing” email recently received.  It is a scam.  

From:Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) [.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)]
Sent: January 18, 2016 3:17 PM
To:
Subject: INTERAC e-Transfer from CRA

*Dear Tax Payer,

*Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).

*Amount : 497.27 CAD
*Sender’s Message : A message was not provided
*Expiry Date : 18 January 2016

*Action Required :
*To deposit your money, click here : http:/www.support.cra-arc.gc.ca/server/interac/gov/interac/

*2016 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)