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.
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.
Did you know that in 2014 there were 4,579 cases of fraud reported in Alberta alone? It costs Albertans millions of dollars each year, but you can fight back. You can protect yourself.To find out more visit the security section of the servus.ca website or the Canada anti-fraud centre.
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