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Beware of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam Emails. Example Provided.

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If it’s not the phone calls, it’s the emails, and if it’s not duct cleaning, it’s some criminal trying to convince you that they are calling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  They used to have a live person call, and I loved that because as a former CRA employee, I used to frustrate them until they hung up on me.  Now, sadly, they leave messages which have words like “criminal”, “jail”, “lawyer” and “police” and when the message includes those words, it’s time to hang up.

But what about the emails?

They look legitimate.

They look real.

They seem plausible.

Until you realize that the CRA does NOT email people, then you know that its best to mark it spam and move on.

Below is an example of a scam email.

From: refund-tax®cra-arc.gc.ca <complete.request19f–5pIR–4BicP–PEeu–RQIwre@canada.ca>
Date: December 18, 2018 at 18:09:57 EST
To: <>
Subject: Canada.ca Payment receipt return | Review your automatic payment | Item No.03618854|543325355|18/12/2018

This is an automatically generated email.
Please do not reply as the email address is not monitored for received mail.

{Hello} Person we are trying to scam

Thank you for registering for the Canada Revenue Agency Portal.

You have received this email to be notified that the Canada Revenue Agency – (Canada.ca).
has issued a refund and you’ll receive 556.33 CAD directly on your credit card.

Login at refund Canada Revenue Agency PORTAL

-the link expire’s on 18 December 2018.
-have your credit/debit card ready
-follow the instructions on your screen

Payment details:
Amount: 556.33 CAD
Description: Payments from Government of Canada
Transaction ID: 857F9B7F22A2C4-98968HR
Date: 18 December, 2018

Please note: (CRA Government of Canada) Office will never request your password or financial information via email.

Note : A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.

 

Some quick notes:

If you hover over (DO NOT CLICK) the link that reads Canada Revenue Agency PORTAL, you will notice the URL is  http://velacendobv3ahvs8h9qoj.sace.camerosca.scam.  (I changed the end of it in case anyone clicks it).

That is not the link to the CRA website.

In fact, the “Canada Revenue Agency PORTAL” is called CRA MyAccount.

That, and other obvious grammar mistakes should prompt you to question the legitimacy of this email and deduce that it’s a SCAM.

 

Let’s recap!

  1. CRA does NOT email Taxpayers
  2. There is no Canada Revenue Agency PORTAL
  3. The URL, should you click on the link, is a scam unknown email.
  4. Why would CRA deposit a refund onto your credit card?  That is very bizarre.
  5. General Internet rules say you should NEVER, EVER input personal information into an unknown website.
  6. Even the “From” email looks completely illegitimate… While refund@cra.gc.ca might have worked a year ago, the CRA moved to @canada.ca so the scammers changed that later in the email, but after the “from” the actual email really is a garbled mess of letters, numbers, and other characters.

Stay safe.

If you’re not sure, just ask!

 

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