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Taxpayers in Canada Being Hit by Bogus Email of CRA Tax Refund

Winnipeg.ctvnews.ca reported on 14th April, 2014 stating that Gwen Martin, a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada suspected a scam on receipt of an email promising her more money as she did not expect tax return of the same year twice.

The scam email appears to come from Canada Revenue Agency which is the official tax collecting agency of Canada.

It (email) claims that she is eligible to get return of approximately $400 after registering for a Government Gateway account.

Martin did not click on the link and instead contacted an agency for anti-fraud who told her to delete the email.

Disturbingly, Martin is not the sole Canadian taxpayer who has been targeted by this tax rebate scam email that is spreading like wildfire across the country with complaints pouring in from other parts of the country as well.

As per news published by brantfordexpositor.ca in mid-March 2014, a retired couple based in Simcoe, Ontario too recently realized that someone was trying to scam them of their hard-earned money.

The couple, Audrey and Allan Dowber, looked carefully at the email apparently from CRA, became skeptical and called the federal agency to check twice.

The couple had been asked to email information about their personal financial data to CRA to enable them to receive refund of tax.

Brantfordexpositor.ca published a report in mid-March 2014 quoting Audrey as saying "We were told its phishing and they need our information to sell it to someone else."

The Dowbers received emails with mild language but many people in Norfolk County, Ontario have received emails and phone calls with threatening language in which they are told to be arrested for tax evasion or fraud in case they don't send CRA personal information including the name of their lawyer immediately.

However, Police announces that these emails and phone calls are fraud and CRA doesn't operate like this, as it (referring to CRA) sends a letter to those who are eligible for tax rebates.

CRA advises that taxpayers should never click on links included in such emails and anyone who receives suspicious email should report it to info@antifraudcentre.ca.

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