The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued a warning to taxpayers with respect to a new fraudulent e-mail currently circulating and purporting to be from the CRA. The e-mail advises the recipient that an investigation of the taxpayer’s company’s “tax reports” has disclosed several discrepancies and asks the taxpayer to complete a new tax form with additional fields. The fraudulent tax form is attached to the e-mail or can be downloaded from what is represented as being the CRA Web site, but is not.
The CRA warning reminds taxpayers that:
- the CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email,
- the CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer, and
- the CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.
A sample of the fraudulent e-mail can be found on the CRA Web site at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/frdlntmls-eng.html.