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An example of a typical CRA Phishing Scam.

 

Tax scams can take many different forms, but one of the most common scams today involve phishing. Phishing scams that lure victims with fake CRA messages on are the rise again this tax season. Taxpayers should beware when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, fraudulent communication that purports to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency. The fake message may suggest that the CRA has sent an e-transfer and then ask the recipient to click a link “to deposit your income tax return.” Recipients are then asked for personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number.  The CRA warns recipients receiving a similar request electronically to delete it immediately.

 

To read more about current tax scams, scam stories and other ways to protect yourself, check out the CRA website or follow them on twitter.

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