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Manitoba RCMP warn public about banking scam

Interac e-transfer scam is circulating
A recent scam involves Interac e-transfers

Manitoba RCMP is warning the public about interac e-transfer scams that are becoming more prevalent.

In these instances, the victim receives an email which appears to be from someone trying to send them an interac e-transfer. At first glance it appears legitimate and when the victim clicks on the link and enters in their banking credentials, the scammers are able to steal the banking login information. This gives the scammers access to the account which allows them to withdraw large sums of money. 

Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated, so extra caution is needed before you accept an e-transfer. 

Here are some tips on what to look out for: 

•             If you are not expecting any money don’t click on links and try to deposit money

•             Check the email closely, even though it may be personally addressed it does not mean it is legitimate

•             Use Interac e-Transfer Autodeposit. If you have Autodeposit set up, Interac e-Transfer transactions sent to your email address will automatically be deposited into your bank account, Autodeposit is the secure way to accept Interac e-Transfer.

•             Create strong passwords

•             Be conscious about what you share online, including personal identifiable information that hackers can use to access your accounts. 

If you were defrauded please contact your local police and report it. 

For more information on how to protect yourself from frauds and scams please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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