Police warn of scammers claiming to be CRA

Police warn of scammers claiming to be CRA

CORNWALL, Ontario – Fraudsters are at it again, and this time they’re targeting your e-mail account.

The Cornwall Community Police Service have issued a scam warning involving phony tax credits.

E-mails claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) have been circulating that request you to complete a form with your social insurance number and date of birth.

The e-mail indicates you are eligible for a tax credit, which is not true.

Cornwall police said that fraudsters go through a lot of work to make their scams look real – and encourage the public to always be aware of identity theft and take precautions against being a victim.

The CRA will not do the following:

send emails containing any links

• request taxpayers to attend and purchase any gift cards

• request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email or text message

• divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer

• leaves any personal information on an answering machine or asks taxpayers to leave a message with their personal information on an answering machine

For more information, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca. To report a fraud, contact 1-800-959-8281.

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