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Cybersecurity Alert: Beware of tax refund email scams


Initial Posting

- Now


All UNB Campuses

With another tax season upon us, faculty, staff and students across Canada are once again being targeted by scam emails claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) and asking you to click a link to claim your tax refund.

Be on the lookout for tax refund scams - if you receive an email like this, do not click any links or open any attachments. Instead, log in to your CRA account directly from the CRA website and you’ll be able to see any legitimate statements or refund messages within your account. 

As stated on the CRA website, the CRA will never:

  • give or ask for personal or financial information by email and ask you to click on a link
  • email you a link asking you to fill in an online form with personal or financial details
  • send you an email with a link to your refund
  • demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others
  • threaten you with arrest or a prison sentence

For more information on CRA scams (email, telephone, text, etc.), or if you have fallen for a CRA scam, please visit their website.

Learn more about how to recognize email phishing scams by completing your UNB cybersecurity training (Beauceron):