July 24, 2012- CARP is once again reprinting this warning about CRA scam emails. Do not reply to emails from CRA. They will send you correspondence via post! It’s tempting to reply to a refund, but beware of the scam.
CARP called it! In early April, we warned members to be wary of emails from the Canadian Revenue Agency. Typically these e-mails ask you to confirm details of your recent filings or may suggest you have an additional refund coming. They will ask for personal information in order to verify your return or for payment/refund. For more information read our previous article on this scam.
Recently we have received some inquiries from people who received the following e-mail:
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK PROVIDED IN THE E-MAIL. Clicking the link could install spyware on your computer. We have altered the link to discourage readers from inadvertently clicking it.
From: [email protected]
Subject: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Tax Refund $312.50
Dear Taxpayer, After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $312.50. Please submit the tax refund request and allow 2-3 working days for processing.
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline. To access the form for your tax refund, WWW . CRA – ARC . GC. CA / TX / RFNDS …: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated. Thank You Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS E-MAIL. IT IS A SCAM. The internet address provided in the e-mail may look official but clicking the link will re-route you to a different web address hosted by a website with the following address “artsdream.fr”.