CRA Phishing Emails Circulating

Watch Out For New CRA Phishing Email During This Tax Season

The Canada Revenue Agency is asking people to be on alert for fraudulent emails or calls from people claiming to be from the CRA, offering you immediate or quick tax refunds.  These are phishing attempts.

Phishing scams can result in identify theft.

They can also contain embedded malware, or malicious software, that can infect your computer.

The CRA wishes to remind you how to assess the validity of a CRA communication.  Visit their info page here:  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2013/l131210-eng.html

An example of a recently circulated email is shown below.

image of CRA phishing email

 

Change Your Passwords Now

This phishing attempt brings to mind recent hacking attempts.  Within the last few months large companies including Comcast, SnapChat, Rogers and Adobe have all been hacked.  This morning, the Globe & Mail reported on another 700 Canadian credit cards being compromised at various POS machines in British Columbia and Quebec.

Hackers go after large corporations looking for valuable payment data, however they also go after individuals, because if they can recover some of your personal info, they can start down the road to credit card or identity fraud under your name.

We don’t want to be alarmists, but we want you to be safe.

The truth is, most of us don’t have strong enough passwords.

And most of us don’t change our passwords frequently enough.

I’m sure you have, at some point, received spam from the personal email account of a client or friend, and had to alert them that their account was hacked. Perhaps nothing came of it, but those hacks can lead to big headaches.  So let’s all change our passwords, shall we?

Password Tips

  • Please choose strong passwords and change them frequently (monthly or at least seasonally).
  • Strong passwords would include a string or 3 or more random words, as well as some mixed capitalization, numbers and symbols.
  • Never include birthdays or personal information as part of a password.

We know you’ve heard this before.  Unfortunately, we all hear good advice that we ignore.

Would you please take a moment now to change your passwords for all your email accounts and banking sites?

Awesome!  Good job!

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