Criminals may attempt to convince you they have sent you money, by sending you an email that appears to be using the Interac e-Transfer service. For example, you may receive an email stating that Interac is holding money in escrow until you provide evidence of having shipped goods. Interac does not offer an escrow service. Do not assume you will be able to receive money until you can confirm that it is in your bank account.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does NOT use the Interac e-Transfer service to collect or disburse payments. If you receive an email stating that the CRA is trying to send you money or verify personal information, do not respond. This is a known phishing scam, created by fraudsters. Please forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org so our fraud team can further investigate.
Sample of an "INTERAC e-Transfer from Canada Revenue Agency System" Scam
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:46 PM
Subject: INTERAC e-Transfer from Canada Revenue Agency System
Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer
(previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).
Amount: $ 520.17 (CAD)
Sender's Message: A message was not provided
Expiry Date: 3/15/2018
To deposit your money, click here:
Get Tax Refund Online Form
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Also, if you received a notification for an Interac e-Transfer that you were not expecting, contact the sender through a different communication channel to verify. If the notification comes from someone you don’t know, or you suspect it may be fraudulent, do not respond or open any attachment.