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Oceanside RCMP seeing a spike in fake e-mails from tax agency

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Oceanside RCMP say as the tax deadline approaches they’re getting more reports of scammers pretending to by from the Canada Revenue Agency.

RCMP say some area residents got suspicious e-mails that looked like they were from CRA. The email promised a tax refund and asked for personal information to complete the transaction.

CRA and RCMP are reminding people that the agency never requests personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email, never gives out taxpayer information without that person’s authorization, and doesn’t leave any personal information on voice mail.

There has also been a recent rash of fraudulent CRA text messages.

CRA also suggests people ask themselves the following if they think they’re being targeted by a scam:
•Am I expecting additional money from the CRA?
•Does this sound too good to be true?
•Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
•Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
•How did the requester get my email address?
•Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

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