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

Published on February 3, 2016

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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.