Tips for avoiding e-Transfer fraud

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Tips for avoiding e-Transfer fraud

Almost every day, fraudsters find new ways to steal personal banking information and get into online accounts. The latest is a phishing scam posing as an e-Transfer notification from Interac.

Here are some tips for protecting yourself:

  • If you get a notification for an Interac e-Transfer that you weren’t expecting, call the sender to verify it. If you think the notification is fake, don’t respond to it or open any attachments. Interac doesn’t include attachments with its notifications.
  • Check the sender’s domain name. The domain for a secure e-Transfer from Interac should always include the abbreviation “https://” rather than “http://.” A fake domain name will also often include misspelled words like “mnobile” instead of “mobile.”
  • Watch for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in the message. Phishing emails and texts are often sent without being proofread.
  • Hover your mouse over any links in the message to make sure they match a page on the interac.ca website. If a link will send you to another site, don’t click on it.

Remember, if you get an offer online that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information about e-Transfer fraud, see Interac’s Fraud Update page.

Protect yourself from scammers and other online criminals

Watch out for phishing, vishing and smishing.

These are techniques criminals use to get you to provide personal information that could help them steal your identity or commit fraud. Watch for emails (phishing), phone calls (vishing) or text messages (smishing) that look like they’re from a legitimate organization but ask you to “verify” personal information. These communications also warn that something bad will happen if you don’t comply.

Servus Credit Union will never ask you for personal or financial information through an unsolicited email, phone call or text message. If you get a communication like this that appears to be from Servus, don’t click on any links or phone numbers in the communication. Instead, call our Member Contact Centre at 1.877.378.8728. For more information about phishing, vishing and smishing, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

Keep yourself safe from online fraud

With almost daily stories in the news about security breaches and new online scams it might seem like it is almost impossible to protect yourself. Take heart – there are some ways to protect yourself that aren’t complicated, and won’t take up a lot of your time.

First, get to know the signs of different kinds of mass marketing and online scams. Ever heard of overpayment scams? What about romance fraud? Awareness is security, so gather as much information as you can from reports on the internet, in newspapers and on the news. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Competition Bureau of Canada, and the RCMP are also great information sources. (more…)

Protect your data, protect yourself.

Every day hackers are finding new ways to try steal your information and your money. You can protect yourself.

There are some simple steps you can take to help protect sensitive information that is important to you. The Federal Privacy Commissioner offers these Tips for Protecting your Personal Information: (more…)