Income tax refund too good to be true

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It's got to be too good to be true.

That is the mantra local RCMP are hoping citizens will subscribe to when dealing with emails regarding tax refunds.

According to the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP detachment, an email scam is making the rounds alerting individuals of a refund owed to them of $804.49 while asking for their banking information.

"Tax season is here which brings out a few individuals willing to take your money without earning it," said Cpl. Krista Hobday in a press release. "The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are receiving complaints from tax payers stating they are receiving emails and letters from persons unknown claiming to represent Revenue Canada."

The latest scam reads, "We identified an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to a $804,49. In order for us to return the excess payment, you need to create a Tax Gateway account after which the funds will be credited to your specified bank account."

The email then provides links to 'Get Started.'

Police are urging the public to delete messages or letters that look like this without responding.

"If you are unsure if it is legitimate, call the nearest Revenue Canada office for verification," states the press release.

This and other related scams can also be reported to Equifax at 1-800-465-7166 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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