ST. JOHN’S – The RCMP is warning about a fraudulent e-transfer email scam claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
According to a RCMP news release, police in Deer Lake have received several complaints from residents who received emails that looked like they were from the CRA and said the person was entitled to a tax refund.
Once an attempt was made to deposit the funds, however, the individual was asked to provide the social insurance number, driver’s licence and personal banking information.
The RCMP is reminding the public the CRA will never ask for personal information through an email or text message.
While no funds were lost, the scammers were successful in obtaining personal information.
If an email seems like a scam, you should not give out any personal information, and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
If a fraudulent email is received and personal information has been provided, contact Equifax at 1-800-465-7166 or TransUnion at 1-800-663-9980 to place fraud alerts on your accounts.
If banking information has been shared, also contact your financial institution.
The RCMP asks you only call your local police detachment if you have been victimized by a scam.