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CRA Warns Canadian Taxpayers about Phishing E-Mails

A phishing e-mail, lately circulating in Canada, informs citizens paying taxes that based on some clues, they've been found to evade taxes along with the organization to which they're associated. Thus a complaint has been registered against them via the utilization of the Informant Leads Program. MarketWire published this in news on June 14, 2011.

The scam electronic mail isn't from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Informant Leads Program website of the Agency alerts taxpayers of the said scam.

States CRA, people in Canada must particularly be wary of phishing frauds soliciting personal information like bank account, credit card, passport, and social insurance numbers. A few of such scams directly tell victims to enter personal details, while others divert them onto a copycat site of the CRA that instructs the user for confirming his identity via feeding in personal information.

Moreover, the Agency has posted samples of the fraudulent e-mails on its Internet site to make users wary. These e-mails carry Canada Revenue Agency's stamp so that they may appear genuine. One e-mail informs the recipient about the tax reports of his organization that on checking revealed many discrepancies after the declared and actual profits were compared. Thus it's necessary that he corrects the tax proceeds via clicking a web-link provided in the e-mail. Besides, the e-mail provides an authorized complaint number, while instructs the recipient to click the web-link. But on clicking, he gets diverted onto a different site, which solicits his private details.

Now, owing to the above incidences, the CRA has begun considering taxpayer information safeguard extremely seriously, while it has taken steps for detecting dubious operations with respect to taxpayer accounts. Incase it finds any it has decided to instantly do everything for blocking the issue of funds as well as inform the affected person through mail.

Additionally, CRA recommends certain tips, which if taxpayers follow, they can do away with the above types of phishing assaults i.e., an end-user mustn't share his username, password, PINs, and access code online. Besides, according to the CRA, it wouldn't ever request an end-user's personal information over e-mail.

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