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Saturday, April 29, 2017

CRA Email Rebate Scam on the Rise this Tax Season

Phoney emails offering instant tax refund making the rounds in Canada

By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Apr 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET

The Canada Revenue Agency says if you receive an email offering you a tax refund, ignore it.

The Canada Revenue Agency says if you receive an email offering you a tax refund, ignore it. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Kathie Weiss-Lefebvre of Toronto got a tempting offer in her email this week. The sender claimed to be the Canada Revenue Agency and said she was set to receive a $896.70 tax refund by way of an Interac e-Transfer.

All she had to do was click on a link.

Fortunately, Weiss-Lefebvre knew immediately it was a scam: she hasn't even filed her 2016 tax return. But she believes some people might fall for it.

"It's the most convincing piece of spam that I've ever received," she said. "It was very subtle, it didn't have grammatical errors, it didn't look badly sort of cut and pasted."

The email included copies of both a Bank of Montreal and an Interac logo.

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