The following is now available on the CRA Web site:
Numerous individuals are receiving emails that are falsely identified as coming from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirming the registration of a complaint case. This email is not from the CRA.
The web links within the fraudulent email contain harmful software. If you receive this email, you should delete it. The CRA has already notified the proper authorities of this illegal activity.
A copy of the fraudulent email, which identifies individuals by name, is included below to help you better identify the scam. The links within the email copy have been disabled.
SAMPLE OF FRAUDULENT EMAIL
From: Canada Revenue Agency [mailto:taxfraudcaseID29395@cra-arc.gc.ca]
Sent: November 9, 2007 11:07 AM
To: John Smith
Subject: Tax Avoidance Scheme Complaint , John Smith (Case id: #65FA72!)
Dear Mr. John Smith ,
This is an automated email that confirms the registration of your complaint case number : #65FA72 filed by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on November 08/2007 concerning Online Identity Theft.
While Canada Revenue Agency does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps us investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action.
You can download a copy of your complaint from (web link). Please print and keep this copy for your personal records.
We use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use our secure online forms. The information you provided to us is stored securely.
The form you used to register this complaint is designed to improve public access to the Canada Revenue Agency of Consumer Protection Consumer Response Center, and is voluntary. Through this form, consumers may electronically register a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, as amended, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Our staff will keep you updated regarding the status of our investigation. To check the status of your complaint please access (web link). The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.
Further information on convictions can also be found in the Media room on the CRA website at (web link).
SOURCE: CRA Newsroom