Fraud and Phishing Scams During Tax Season

Feb 19, 2016 | Security Tips | 0 comments

Fraud and Phishing Scams During Tax Season

With tax season upon us there is an increase in fraud and phishing scams. The CRA has issued a warning that email, text and phone scams are making the rounds.

Knowing how to recognize a fraud and phishing scam is important to protect yourself. Everyday there seems to be newly invented types to get your money or personal information. The CRA has some detailed samples of fraud and phishing scams posted on their website. They have posted samples of the most popular ones and provide guidelines on protecting yourself.

The samples of the email scams all look very real and the one sample in particular that we have found to be popular this month is sample #15 below:

Sample #15

From: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 5:23 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: INTERAC e-Transfer from Canada Revenue Agency System

Dear customer,

Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer\

(previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).

Amount: $120.00 (CAD)

Sender’s Message: A message was not provided

Expiry Date: 25 June 2012

Action Required:
To deposit your money, click here:
(web link)

Trouble with the link? Type it into your web browser address bar.

Need help?
(web link)
What is an INTERAC e-Transfer? (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer). If you use online or mobile banking at a participating financial institution, you can send and receive money quickly and easily.

Email or text messages carry the notice while the financial institutions securely transfer the money using existing payment networks. If your financial institution does not yet offer INTERAC e-Transfer, you can still deposit transfers to any bank account in Canada.
Click (web link) for details.
Pour voir les détails du virement en français, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous :
(web link)

‘Rule of Thumb’ – when something looks suspicious, never to click on the link or open the attachment provided. Delete the email immediately.


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Keep safe out there!