The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-8BEN entitled “Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding” is a legitimate U.S. tax exemption document. However, we have been recently informed of fraudsters targeting non-residents of the U.S. to obtain personal information.
Typically, fraudsters use an altered/fake IRS Form W-8BEN to acquire personal information such as:
The legitimate IRS Form W-8BEN does not ask for any of that information!!!
Therefore, Desjardins Bank wishes to inform you that under no circumstances is personal or financial information requested by email or fax.
What do I do if I receive such a scam form via email, fax, mail, or other format?