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.