Scammers are going mobile this tax season — targeting people by text.
Saskatoon police warn fraudsters are sending messages claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
They then either make threatening demands for the victim to make a quick payment of money owed, or they ask the recipient to accept money from them — often presented as a tax return.
The text prompts the recipient to deposit their tax return into their bank.
Once the link has been clicked, it directs the user to another screen to choose an online bank.
After a person has signed in, the fraudsters gain personal and/or banking information, leaving the victim vulnerable and possibly out of money.
Police said while the scam appears realistic, the CRA will only issue tax returns by sending a cheque in the mail or depositing the funds directly into the recipient’s account. Approval is not required for either of these.
More information is available online on fraud prevention and reporting scams.