E-mail Scam Masquerading as Canada’s Tax-Collecting Agency Circulating
A scam electronic mail, which asserts the recipient is about to get a reimbursement that the government tax collecting agency of Canada called Revenue Canada would give, prompted many people to flood the anti-fraud hotline of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) lately, published The Windsor Star dated June 26, 2014.
According to one recorded message, the Revenue Canada purported electronic mail fraud has currently inundated Canada's Anti-Fraud Centre. The recorded message cautioned users for remaining watchful as also erase the particular e-mail. The Windsor Star published this.
A reporter of Windsor Star received an e-mail the same date telling her she was entitled for a $651.44 reimbursement, while the e-mail contained one maple leaf logo with the name Agence du Revenu du Canada, besides one web-link for providing the latest personal information in no longer than 3 days.
But Revenue Canada cautions all taxpayers that there won't ever be any request from it to any taxpayer for submitting personal info over e-mail; it wouldn't ever keep any private detail after its associated purpose on a replying device; as also it wouldn't hand over taxpayer information onto someone else devoid of taxpayer's formal authorization. Furthermore, the agency cautions all payments it transfers are either via check or direct deposit, while never via money-transfer e-mail. The Windsor Star published this.
Incidentally, among all ID-theft followed with resultant fraud reported to Canada's Anti-Fraud Centre, over 120,000 telephone calls along with over 40,000 e-mails came to it during 2012. During 2011, there was over $436m worth credit-card embezzlement, while during 2007; there was $14m worth fraud losses. These were beside plentiful other unreported instances.
Therefore, taxpayers have been urged that incase they get such scam electronic mails else fall victim to them then they must instantly inform the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre via the website https://www.antifraudcentre.ca, alternatively telephone at 1.8-88-495-8501, else write to email@example.com, while as well inform their area law-enforcement office.
Meanwhile, similar to the Canadian taxing agency becoming target of online scammers, the ATO (Australian Taxation Office), Australia's tax regulator as well lately advised taxpayers for exercising caution with scam e-mails posing as being sent from it.
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