New phishing tactic uses city tax e-mail

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If you are receiving e-mails or text messages from the City of Sault Ste. Marie about your taxes, do not open or answer them.

That is the request from Communications Manager Tessa Vecchio.

This is an example of the text message you may receive as part of a new phishing tactic ( reader submitted )

“The .jpg image appears to be a phishing email attempt that has our ‘city tax’ email address associated with it. It is not an email from the City and we currently have measures in place to prevent this from happening,” said Vecchio.

“Phishing scams try to trick users into handing over personal and banking details to the scammers. The emails received might look and sound legitimate but the City will never ask you to send your personal information by email or online. If anyone is uncertain we encourage you to call our tax office at 705-759-5290.”

If you are ever suspicious of emails you can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre at 1-888-495-8501 to report the fraudulent email.

OPP advise you not to open anything that looks suspicious as it may be a phishing scam.