Taxes and phishing

Man's hand grabbing pile of cash

The Canada Revenue Agency is warning taxpayers to watch out for phishing scams this tax season. They have a good description of how these scams work:

  1. You receive an unsolicited e-mail or phone call promising you a significant amount of money, in the form of a lottery or sweepstakes jackpot, or a tax refund.
  2. To receive the promised money, you are asked to provide either an upfront deposit or confidential banking information, such as credit card or bank account numbers and passwords.
  3. You are then told that someone will get back to you with the promised payout, which doesn’t happen.
  4. When you try to recover the money, you find that the individual who contacted you has disappeared or never gives you a straight answer.

Good to know, particularly if you recognize what is happening at stage 1.

Read more about phishing

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment