The RCMP Anti-Fraud Centre says if you receive an email from the Canada Revenue Agency claiming you're getting a tax return delete it and call police.
Scammers have been emailing thousands of Canadians asking them to click on a link and fill out a form to apply for a tax return.
The personal information on the form is then used for identity theft.
“We keep trying to get the message out, that Canada Revenue Agency would never contact you in this manner, please don’t respond to it, and please don’t click on the link,” Daniel Williams, supervisor with the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre said.
Williams says the email looks official, with the CRA logo, but he warns you should never fill out this type of information online without verifying the source first.
“Any email that is not addressing you by name, is not anyone who has done business with you, of course scammers can get that information as well, so when in doubt, check it out.”
Williams says as soon as you click the link you are at risk.
He urges anyone who clicked the link to report it by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.