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Police issue scam alert in advance of the upcoming tax season

Release Date: April 3, 2024


Millions of people around the world are paying their taxes this time of year, and cybercriminals and scammers are hoping to get paid, too. In this scam, they’re taking advantage of tax season by trying to trick you into opening an email and downloading a malicious PDF attachment. The email they send looks like a government form and includes a link to download the PDF attachment. The scammers even include helpful instructions for pasting the web page URL into your browser in case the link isn’t working.


Clicking the link will redirect you to a fake webpage and initiate a file download. Malware is installed on your computer once the file downloads. Remember, cybercriminals don’t only want your money—they also want your data! And they can use this malware to steal your user credentials and other personal data.


Follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a tax scam:


  • The latest software versions for devices often contain security updates. Make sure that your devices are running the latest software updates as well as those that may be recommended by your organization’s IT team.
  • Follow your organization’s instructions for reporting any suspicious emails that you receive. Quickly reporting suspicious emails can help keep your organization safe.
  • Be skeptical of unsolicited emails from the government or other financial entities. Always double-check with the organization that sent the form if you have doubts about its authenticity.


Stop, look, and think. Don’t be fooled by the scammers.

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Kingston Police
705 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7K 4C2

Telephone: 613-549-4660
TTY (hearing impaired): 613-549-8792
Administration Fax: 613-549-3111
Operations Fax: 613-549-7111

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