Security Alert - Fake IRS Form W-8BEN Used in Scams!!!!

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:

  • Mother's maiden name
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth
  • PIN numbers and passcodes

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?

  1. Do not reply.
  2. Do not open any attachments, as attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  3. Do not click on any links
  4. Contact us immediately at 954-454-1001 or 1-800-454-5058
  5. Forward the email as-is, to us at
  6. After you forward the email to us, delete the original email message you received.
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