Warning About Canada Revenue Agency Scams
With tax time having just passed, and Canadians expecting their tax refunds, it’s a perfect time for scammers to trick Canadians out of their hard-earned money using telephone calls and emails purporting to come from the Canada Revenue Agency.
If you receive an email claiming to come from the CRA, do not click on any website links included in the email. Please forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will take a look to see if it is legitimate or not.
Below is an example of a scam email that was recently received by residents in Simcoe North. Aside from the fact that the CRA will never send you an email with website links (unless you call the CRA and request that they send you a link to a form or specific information on the CRA website), there are a number of obvious red flags:
Red Flag #1: Incorrect Canada Revenue Agency website. Scammers often take a legitimate company or organization and change one letter – in this case, the real Canada Revenue Agency website is www.cra-arc.gc.ca, but the scammers use www.cra-arg.gc.ca
Red Flag #2: Hyperlinks in emails can be used to make it look like you’re visiting the proper website, but instead you’re directed to a site the scammers have set up, and that can infect your computer just by visiting. The hyperlink in the email below makes the same mistake noted above (using the cra-arg.gc.ca website, instead of the correct cra-arc.gc.ca), but when you put your mouse cursor over the link, it indicates that if you click on it, you’ll be taken to www.cecotex.org/pzortej/index.php, which is not even close to an official Government of Canada website.