With tax season approaching, the Edmonton Police Service is warning citizens to beware of recent scams where fraudulent letters and emails that claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are asking for personal information.
All citizens should be aware of these scams and should not provide their personal information. They are designed to steal personal information, which can be used for fraud and identity theft.
The letter states the CRA needs more information like bank account and passport information.
The circulating email says the recipient can claim a tax refund through an online form. It may include a link to a false website asking for sensitive financial information.
“In order to make their claims more believable, the scammers often include seemingly official tax department logos, copyright notices and secondary links that lead to the genuine tax department website,” says Const. Nadine Swist who works in Economic Crimes with the EPS. “Everyone should be vigilant when divulging any confidential information to third parties.”
The Canada Revenue Agency has well established practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayers’ information and has warnings about such scams on its website.
If you have received a letter or email claiming to be from the CRA, take measures to protect yourself.
If you suspect you may be a victim of this or any type of fraud contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567.