Stet­tler RCMP rec­og­nize new e-trans­fer scam

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Stet­tler RCMP has be­come aware of a new scam in­volv­ing per­sonal email.

A re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive an email that will ap­pear to come directly from In­terac ad­vis­ing of a re­fund owed back to the re­cip­i­ent and pro­vide a dead­line to re­ceive the money.

“There are dif­fer­ent ways for them to ap­proach you on an email and what they are try­ing to get from you,” said Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. “Ba­si­cally it is trick­ing you into re­leas­ing your per­sonal bank­ing in­for­ma­tion.”

Sergeant Charles re­vealed to “The Mail” that most peo­ple are cau­tious if some­one is send­ing or re­ceiv­ing money on­line.

“Most peo­ple know if you owe some­one money or some­one owes you money and how much so if you get this ran­dom email from some per­son say­ing ‘Oh, here’s some money for you.’ That should put up a red flag in your mind go­ing ‘Hold on one se­cond, no­body owes me money, what is the real pur­pose here?’”

It is rec­om­mended that if you’re not ex­pect­ing any type of money trans­fer via In­terac E-Trans­fer to do the fol­low­ing: Con­tact the ‘re­fun­der’ directly through an­other medium like a phone, a dif­fer­ent email ac­count or at­tend in per­son if pos­si­ble. Do not open any at­tach­ments in the email and do not click any links at­tached to the email as it could share per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Lastly, do not pro­vide any per­sonal de­tails via email in a re­sponse.

“A lot of times, you got to be care­ful about down­load­ing at­tach­ments or open­ing at­tach­ments in emails be­cause it could be a virus and lock up your com­puter,” Sergeant Charles said.

Although there are a vari ety of scams tar­get­ing peo­ple via email/reg­u­lar mail/ phone, there are many com­mon­al­i­ties to be aware of.

They of­ten in­volve a sense of ur­gency by us­ing a dead­line, an emer­gency or ex­pi­ra­tion date. This is in­tended to get the vic­tim to act with­out think­ing things through or con­duct­ing their own re­search into the sub­ject mat­ter.

It’s of­ten dis­guised as some­thing le­git­i­mate, but will vary from how the le­git­i­mate in­sti­tute typ­i­cally op­er­ates.

An email scam stat­ing that CRA is send­ing the po­lice to collect on an out­stand­ing tax bill - the po­lice don’t act in this ca­pac­ity and CRA sends their cor­re­spon­dence through the mail, not email.

The item be­ing of­fered seems too good to be true like the Stars Lot­tery email scam where the vic­tim is told they’ve won a sig­nif­i­cant prize but needs to pay in or­der to re­ceive it.

If you find one of th­ese scams come across your screen, a re­port can be made to the anti-fraud cen­tre which is avail­able on­line.

What­ever the case may be, al­ways be pre­pared and be safe when con­duct­ing on­line fi­nan­cial busi­ness.

“The old rule of thumb is if it sounds too good to be true, it is,” Sergeant Charles stated.

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