Everyone wants to get an income tax refund. Con artists hope to profit from that wish.
OPP in some Eastern Ontario detachments have received calls about a suspicious email.
The sender claims to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and states that the subject of the email is eligible for a tax refund of $521.51. The catch is the person has to click on a link to file a claim for the refund.
That takes the victim to a website set up to look like the Canada Revenue Agency’s own website but it is a fake. There is a demand for a person’s social insurance number and other personal information as part of the bogus claim process.
OPP have contacted the CRA and confirmed the agency never emails anyone to tell them they are entitled to a refund nor does it ask for sensitive personal I.D. information through email.
Anyone receiving this suspect email, or a similar phone message, should report it to their local police station and then delete it.