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RNC Cautions Canadians About Phishing E-Mail

The Economic Crime Unit (ECU) of RNC (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary) has issued an alert to Canadians that a fresh phishing e-mail, which pretends to be a communication from CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) the Canadian tax-office, is circulating online. Thetelegram.com reported this on January 19, 2011.

RNC, it's worth mentioning, acts as the regional Police supervising Labrador and Newfoundland, two provinces in Canada.

Details about the phishing campaign outline that it involves an e-mail having a spoofed sender's address seeming to be from revenue@cra-arc.gc.ca, while its caption is "Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund."

Any person receiving it is told that after computing his fiscal activity, the Canada Revenue Agency has figured out that he's entitled for certain re-imbursement on his tax-payment. But to claim that he must fill out a given refund form as also send it to the given e-mail ID, according to RNC, which described the e-mail.

However, the said e-mail is simply part of a scam trying to collect users' financial and other personal information to commit ID-theft. Meanwhile, the ECU has advised Canadians that they mustn't give out their private details online to unfamiliar individuals alternatively over the telephone, while confirm the individual's genuineness through request for details to the financial institution or the government establishment. Rnc.gov.nl.ca published this on January 19, 2011.

Sadly, alongside taxpayers in Canada, some others too are in the present time being subjected to tax-refund phishing scams.

As per the lately-acquired reports from Halton (UK), an advice from Trading Standards Officers of Halton to residents is that they must disregard an ongoing phishing message promising tax-refunds. Runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk reported this on January 18, 2011.

Apparently, the message is from UK's tax body, HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that tells the recipient to click a given web-link for availing a tax re-imbursement he's eligible for. HMRC observes that whenever anyone's due for a tax re-imbursement, it'll send him a check via post, while never request him for his debit/credit card particulars

So if an e-mail of this type comes to anybody, he should send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk as that'll help the officials to catch the perpetrators.

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