Always share this type of information with older family and friends.
Education is the key.
CAFC received 2,412 ‘phishing’ complaints. The 1,318 people who were identified as victims lost more than $245,600…
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch remind everyone to be aware of the many email scams criminals use to commit identity theft and other crimes.
Phishing is any e-mail falsely claiming to be from an established legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or government agency. The e-mail may request or direct the consumer to visit a certain website to update or provide personal and/or financial information and passwords. It is really a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud. This is also known as ‘brand spoofing.’
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC; formerly Phonebusters) reports phishing fraud scams continue to take a critical financial toll on Canadians. In 2014, the CAFC received 2,412 ‘phishing’ complaints. The 1,318 people who were identified as victims lost more than $245,600
To recognize and avoid phishing:
- Protect your computer with anti-virus software, spyware filters, email filters and firewall programs.
- Contact the financial institution immediately and report your suspicions.
- Do not reply to any email that requests your personal information.
- Look for misspelled words.
- Always report phishing or ‘spoofed’ emails.
If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.tipsubmit.com or the official entity that it appears to be from.
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FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
“Together, we need to do all we can to convince the 95 per cent of victims to report fraud which could then prevent more harm and victimization. Always report phishing or ‘spoofed’ emails.”
– Deputy Commissioner Scott TOD, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command.
“Don’t rush to update something you received via email. Take a minute and think, ‘Does it make sense that they would be emailing me for my particulars?’ If not, report the crime.”
– Detective Inspector Mike BICKERTON, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch.
It is tax time again and fraudsters will use this opportunity to attempt to scam consumers and businesses out of their hard earned money.
The most common approach fraudsters’ use is impersonating the real Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Whether by telephone or by email, the pitch involves one of two variations. The fraudsters are phishing for identification or asking that outstanding taxes by paid by a money service business or by pre-paid debit / credit cards.
- There is notification by phone or email from the “CRA” claiming there is a refund pending. In order for the recipient to receive the refund they must provide personal information.
- Consumers and businesses receive a notification by phone or email that they owe “back taxes” as the result of an audit. The payment must be made immediately to avoid a fine or the recipient is told there is an outstanding warrant that can be avoided if the payment is made promptly. In many cases, individuals are told they will be deported if the taxes are not paid right away.
Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself
- Do not take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
- Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
- Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.
- For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue Web page at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or antifraudcentre.ca.