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.
"Nigerian" Letter Scam \ Advance Letter Scheme
This fraud involves issuing faxes or e-mails to random businesses. These faxes or emails claim to be from an official representing a foreign government or agency. This scheme promises the transfer of millions of dollars into the recipient's personal account, and claims there is no risk.
The business community is usually targeted by this fraud. The faxes or e-mails do not target a single company, but rather are sent out en masse. The business names are usually obtained by trade publications or mailing lists.
Although the offer appears transparent, the criminal will eventually reach someone who, while skeptical, desperately wants the deal to be genuine. It sets the stage for the rest of the scam. After responding to it, the criminal begins convincing the victim to invest money for expenses, so that the millions of dollars can be obtained. The excuses for needing the money include legal fees, customs fees, bribes, and/or other costs that will "free up" the money. This continues until the victim is broke.