June 7, 2017, 1:40 p.m.

Another Day, Another Scam

Watch out for this - it is quite obvious but if you are in desperate need for cash, do not fall for it. I just received an SMS message:

SMS message from +1 613 301 6963
SMS message from +1 613 301 6963

First warning: Canadians do not write the $ sign after the amount. CRA will never send Interact payments to you personally - they send cheques. Then there is the URL.

A careful check reveals the perpetrators:

waldo@waldopcl ~ $ curl -I http://bit.ly/2s4N6as
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Server: nginx
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:40:17 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 192
Connection: keep-alive
Cache-Control: private, max-age=90
Location: http://e.transfer.mobile.deposit.interac.verification.online.centremedicalpractice.com.au/Interac mobile/

Clearly not CRA. Be warned. Be safe.