Canada Benefit Scam: How It Works
You may be receiving a very realistic text message these days informing you that you qualify for financial support due to COVID-19. The notification states that if you want to see the eligibility, you could check a website own by the Government of Canada, www.canada-revams-064711.com.
Here is a screenshot of the Canada Benefit text message:
It states (including grammar mistakes), “CANADA BENEFIT: You could be eligible for a financial support. Take a look at https//canada-revams-064711.com”
If you click on the link, you proceed to a page that looks very similar to what Canada Revenue Agency has set up for the CRB program. It looks very realistic, just like the image below:
You’re invited to put your name and the Social Insurance number, along with your birthdate – which will indeed lead to identity theft. As we received this email at our Scam Detector account, we decided to play a little bit. So we filled the form with the Prime Minister’s name, Justin Trudeau, his actual birthdate, and a fake Social Insurance Number.
Guess what? Justin qualified for $1,085! See below:
Rest assured, you will be eligible for the same amount of money if you fill the bogus form. Please do not do it; they are only after your personal information so they can perpetrate fraud. The number that we received the Canada Benefit text message scam was (613) 451-6094. However, the number could be changed as soon as it’s reported to authorities. Stay safe!
Text message scams are extremely prevalent these days, so here is what you can do:
Canada Benefit Support Scam: How To Report
Please let your family and Canadian friends know about the Benefit Support Scam. You could share this article on your social media platforms using the buttons provided or you could also officially report the criminals (and any other suspicious activity) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre using the links below:
You can also call (888) 495-8501.
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