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Canadian Senior Citizen Warns People about Scam Emails Regarding Tax Refund

Thewhig.com reported on 30th March, 2015 stating that a local senior citizen in Canada is advising people to watch out for scam emails regarding refunds of tax amount because some people expect refunds during this tax season.

Kristen Spring of Kingston (Canada) recently received an email purporting to be from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) which is responsible for managing the taxation process on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Gilles Dompierre of Department of Revenue, Canada, sent an email to Spring informing her that she was entitled to get a tax refund of $241.34.

She had to just click on the given link to log in to its "Epass" site and had to submit her social insurance number for processing the refund.

Spring immediately came to know that it was a scam email.

She says that there is no such thing as the Department of Revenue Canada because the official actual name is Canada Revenue Agency.

A quick search of CRA's website indicated the name Gilles Dompierre was fictitious, warning taxpayers thereon that the name was being used in a scam email and no worker at the CRA was named 'Gilles Dompierre'.

CRA warns all taxpayers on its official website about email or telephone scams from those claiming to be from CRA.

CRA further announces on its website that it would never send you an email or a message asking you to click on a link to get a direct deposit towards your refund of tax.

Randy Westerman, Communications Manager of CRA, says that they already have all your banking details and they never communicate via email, 620ckrm.com published a report on 30th March, 2015, further adding that this scam is the latest which is going around involving the name of CRA.

Moreover, CRA is not the only central tax agency whose name is being exploited by scammers, as during late March 2015, Louisiana Attorney General also requested taxpayers to be careful about scam emails with links to fake websites which were copied as official IRS (Internal Revenue Service) website. These fake websites asked victims to update their personal information to steal their identity and try to gain access to the victim's tax return.

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