The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) want to inform the public of an Internet fraud scheme.
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The Canada Revenue Agency is reminding Canadians that it does not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email, despite what fraudulent emails they may receive.
On Tuesday, the MJPS received a report from a complainant stating that they received an email from “Canada Revenue.” The email stated the person was eligible to receive money in the form of a tax refund.
In addition, the email requested a “refund form” had to be completed online with credit card information and the individual’s social insurance number in order to receive said refund.
According to a press release sent out by the MJPS, the public should be warned that any emails claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are not legitimate, and that personal information should not be shared under any circumstance.
Emails like the one received by a Moose Jaw resident are occasionally sent by fraudsters claiming to be associated with the CRA, when they in fact are not.
According to the CRA, they will not divulge taxpayer information to any other person unless the taxpayer provides formal authorization to do so, nor will they leave any personal information on a person’s answering machine.
If either of these situations occurs, or an email claiming to be sent from the CRA is found in your inbox, it is a fraudster at work.
However, if a person is in doubt about any contact claiming to be from the CRA, there are a few questions you can ask yourself. Those questions include: am I expecting additional money from the CRA; is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return; and am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
For more information on avoiding Internet fraud as it relates to the CRA, visit their website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.