Canada Revenue Tax scams continue
Belleville, ON - On Wednesday April 18, 2018 police received a common complaint from a member of the public regarding a Canada Revenue Agency Fraud.
The previous evening the complainant had received an unsolicited e-mail supposedly from the Canada Revenue Agency. The e-mail stated the complainant was entitled to a refund in excess of $600 for the 2017 tax year. The e-mail further stated that the complainant had 24 hours to respond to receive the refund. The complainant entered the link and was asked to provide their Social Insurance Number, date of birth, banking information and address. Once the complainant sent the information the complainant realized the e-mail was a fraud.
Advice was given to the complainant to contact their banking institution, the government of Canada regarding the compromised Social Insurance Number and further to Equifax and Transunion to check their credit rating and to see if any false credit has been taken out in their name.
Police are reminding the public that the Canada Revenue notes on their website that they will not do the following:
•send email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information;
•ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message.
•request payments by prepaid credit cards.
•give taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
•leave personal information on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
•Did I sign up to receive online mail through My Account, My Business Account, or Represent a Client?
•Did I provide my email address on my income tax and benefit return to receive mail online?
•Am I expecting more money from the CRA?
•Does this sound too good to be true?
•Is the requester asking for information I would not provide in my tax return?
•Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
The Belleville Police Services wish to remind the public that these frauds occur year round, but are more prevalent during tax time. Please protect your identity and if you are not sure, ask.
This fraud targets individuals who have posted their resume on the World Wide Web and expressed an interest to work at home. The criminals access the victims resume by going onto popular resume posting websites such as monsterjob.ca or workopolis, locating individuals who have expressed an interest to earn income while working from home. A majority of the victims are stay at home mothers and retirees.
The criminal contacts the victim purporting to be from a reputable business. The criminals will go to the extent of having a registered business to help support their endeavor and will have contact numbers being run by accomplices in their crime.
The criminal will advise the victim that their company is outside of Canada and they need funds dispersed to several companies, but are unable to do so because they do not have an account with a Canadian banking institution. The criminal will send the victim a cheque with directions to deposit the cheque into their account, keep a portion of the money for the work they are conducting on behalf of the criminal?s company and then send the remainder of the funds to various parties by way of western union money orders.
The unsuspecting victim will be contacted by their bank at a later date advising the victim that the cheque they deposited into their account was a fraudulent cheque and the bank is holding them financially responsible for the transaction.
Money sent care of Western Union can be received from anywhere in
the world not just the location where it is being sent.