Canadian Revenue Agency Letter asking for Personal Information-Phishing Scam!

Summary of eRumor:

A warning about a fraudulent letter from the The Canada Revenue Agency to taxpayers asking for personal information.
 

The Truth:

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is the government agency responsible for collecting taxes in Canada.  They issued an official warning on their web site to taxpayers to “beware of a recent scam where some Canadians are receiving a letter fraudulently identified as coming from the CRA and asking for personal information. The letter is not from the CRA.”

According to the CRA web site, the letter tells the taxpayer that “insufficient information” in their tax return to process their “claims” and includes a form to update their record.  The agency suggests that people receiving such letters should report them to  www.phonebusters.com.  This can be done by visiting that site, sending an email to info@phonebusters.com, or call calling them at 1-888-495-8501.

Click here for the official warning.

 updated 11/03/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Check out the link below…. also attached is a copy of the actual letter being distributed. If you get this letter in the mail DO NOT COMPLETE IT!!!!

This letter is not issued by Revenue Canada. The link below is a CRA warning.

WARNING posted at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2008/l080818-eng.html