Community Safety Alert – Sample Tax Email Scam

Given it is tax season, it is a great time to be wary of unsolicited emails that are fake.  Below is an example of such an email.  It is quite convincing and looks real.  If you are unsure, do not click on links and contact the company or government office at the publicly listed numbers to confirm.

Julie Rosenthal

Program Coordinator, South Cowichan Community Policing


From: Canada Revenue Agency []
Sent: February 19, 2013 2:36 PM
To: your email address
Subject:Tax Refund Notification
Dear TaxpayerRecalculation of your tax refundLocal Office No 3718
Tax Credit Officer: Barbara Hébert
Tax Refund ID Number: 681716203
Refund Amount: CAD 274.00After the last calculation of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of CAD 274.00.  Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 9-12 business days in order to process it.

Click Here To Have your Tax Refund In your Bank Account In Next 9-12 business days in order to process it and take your time to submit the details needed. Note: A refund can be delayed a variety reason, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline. Our head office address can be found on our website at Canada Revenue Agency.