P.E.I. RCMP warn of tax refund email scam

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The RCMP are warning of reports about a scam meant to trick people into thinking they're getting a tax refund.

Fraudulent emails tell the recipients they are entitled to a tax refund or ask for information to process a supposed refund.

The fraudsters ask for personal information, including credit card numbers, social insurance numbers, date of birth, full name and the tax amount on their returns.

RCMP Cpl. Troy MacLean said in most cases where agencies contact someone out of the blue to say they are entitled to money, that's not the case.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," he said.

Email recipients are asked to provide information by replying to the email or following a link to a counterfeit Canada Revenue Agency website.

The RCMP said CRA doesn't sent legitimate correspondence by unsolicited email or phone call asking for personal information.

With that information, the fraudsters can steal the victim's legitimate tax refund or use the information for other criminal activities.

CRA has a website advising of the scams at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whtsnw/tms/frdlt-eng.html.

Any suspicious emails or phone calls can be sent to Phone Busters at info@phonebusters.com or 1-800-495-8501.

Organizations: RCMP, Canada Revenue Agency

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  • townie2
    February 04, 2016 - 07:33

    many of these scams originate from outside Canada where Canadian law doesn't apply, or foreign governments won't, or can't co-operate hence names like the Nigerian Prince scam. one's that do originate from Canada are usually from so called "boiler room" operations, a storefront shop with nothing but a few desks and a few phones will open up for a week or two, make as much as they can, then close up and disappear. don't click any links in an email from anyone you don't know, and even then if it looks suspicious or out of character for the person, don't click it, email accounts can be hacked and send false info.

  • Pay the fiddler
    February 03, 2016 - 17:59

    Why are there so many of these scams being floated ??? Probably because there seems to be NO effort to stop it and IF someone is caught it is likely house arrest or probation . A 5 year minimum sentence with no early parole may slow a few fraudsters down , make it so .