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Have you received a text message posing as the Canada Revenue Agency that contains your SIN? It is a fraud

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A new swindle has surfaced along with tax season.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the scam involves a text message that looks to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and contains a person’s name and personal information.

“We received reports of a text message claiming to be from the CRA which actually included the target or the victim’s social insurance number, advising that there is a payment due and requesting payment be sent to a provided phone number in the text message,” according to CBC News, Jeff Horncastle, planning communications outreach officer at the anti-fraud center, stated.

According to Horncastle, scammers are allegedly taking advantage of people who have previously been a part of a data breach.

“They’re actually utilizing that information as a tool to try and steal money from the victim,” he said. “The important thing to remember with this is that it’s a reminder that if you have been a victim of identity theft in the past, you want to make sure that you’re following the steps to prevent yourself from being a victim of identity fraud.”

According to Horncastle, the organization will not provide payments or solicit payment by text message.

“We always advise that if you get an email and you’re not sure, always go a step further. Look up the official phone number for, in this case, the Canada Revenue Agency and confirm with them before clicking on a link which can infect your device or providing personal information.”

He continued, “The same goes for phone calls.”

“Even if the official CRA phone number shows up on your call display, you should be making sure, letting them know you’ll call them back. Look up the official phone number and make that outgoing call to them directly to confirm.”

For many people, receiving scam messages or phone calls is nothing new; but, the sophisticated technology that scammers can now use makes those scams more believable.

Horncastle asserted that as social media and the internet develop, it’s simpler to fall victim to scam.

“Twenty years ago, fraudsters would have had to manually dial phone numbers. Now, they have the ability to automatically dial combinations of phone numbers. They don’t know who they’re calling in most cases but they can target so many people.”

It is recommended that you report any scam texts you receive to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone at +1 (888) 495-8501 or through their website, as well as to your local police department.

The Month of Anti-Fraud Prevention

The 20th Anti-Fraud Prevention Month, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) program, officially began on Friday.

The marketing this year centers on how fraud has changed in the past 20 years.

The OPP stated in the news release that the objective is to arm Canadians with knowledge, resources, and techniques to identify, reject, and report fraud.

“Fraud losses within Ontario and throughout Canada continue to rise to unprecedented levels, which devastates the lives of our friends, colleagues, family members and businesses,” said OPP Det.-Supt. Mike Bickerton, also director of financial crime services.

Ontario “are among the highest in the country.” according to Acting Det.-Insp. Stephen Buchanan’s statement.

“Please take the time to spread the word on fraud awareness. Educate your loved ones and those around you on how to identify indicators of fraud,” Buchanan stated.

 

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