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.
The scam is as follows:
The caller will advise the victim that their card has been flagged due to an unusual purchase pattern. The scammer will be able to recite the victim?s card number and the bank it came from. They will then question the victim whether or not they recently purchased an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona or something similar to that.
The victim will, of course deny the purchase and the scammer will advise them that a credit will be issued to their account immediately. The scammer will confirm the victim?s address so the proper paperwork can be sent out. The victim is then advised that a Fraud investigation will commence immediately and they are provided with a reference number for their case.
At this point the scammer will say to the victim "I need to verify that you are actually in possession of your card". The victim will be asked to turn over their card and locate the last three or four digits on the back of the card. The victim is then asked to read those numbers to the scammer.
Once the scammer has those numbers the phone call wraps up quickly. Once he is off the phone the scammer will then charge an amount just under $500.00 onto the victim?s credit card.
Major credit card companies are aware of this scam and they want you to be aware too. Credit card companies will not ask for anything on the card as they already know the information on it.