RNC Release Public Advisory Regarding Fraudulent Activity

Written by on May 4, 2015

Trnccb1he Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Economic Crime Unit is issuing a public advisory regarding an e-mail and phone scam whereby offenders are posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The RNC Economic Crime Unit want to advise the public to be aware of phishing scams asking for information such as credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. The CRA would neverask for this type information by email. Some of these scams ask for this personal information directly, and others refer the taxpayer to a website resembling the CRA’s, where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. Taxpayers should not click on links included in these emails. Email scams may also contain embedded malicious software that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk. This type of fraud has also been seen in the form of an email. There have been reports of an email circulating from revenue@cra-arc.gc.ca, subject line: Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund. The email claims that the CRA has calculated your fiscal activity and determined that  you are eligible to receive a tax refund. It then asks you to complete the refund form and mail it to a listed address. This email is a scam used to obtain personal and financial information for the purposes of identity theft.

The RNC Economic Crime Unit urges the general public to refrain from providing their personal information to unknown persons online or over the phone and to verify the authenticity of the person by requesting information by contacting the governmental agency or financial institution directly. Anyone who receives a suspicious communication should immediately report it to the Anti-Fraud Center of Canada at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888- 495-8501. Anyone with information regarding this online scam is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

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