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Warning Issued by Manitoba RCMP: Banking Scams on the Rise

Warning Issued by Manitoba RCMP: Banking Scams on the Rise
RCMP issue scam warning

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer

Winnipeg, April 10, 2024 - In a recent alert, the Manitoba RCMP has issued a cautionary advisory to the public regarding the surge in Interac e-transfer scams, highlighting the increasing prevalence of these fraudulent activities. The warning comes as scammers adopt more sophisticated tactics to deceive unsuspecting victims, leading to significant financial losses.

The modus operandi of these scams typically involves victims receiving seemingly legitimate emails purporting to be Interac e-transfers. At first glance, the emails appear authentic, prompting victims to click on embedded links and provide their banking credentials. However, unbeknownst to the victims, these actions grant scammers access to their banking information, allowing them to siphon substantial sums of money from the victims' accounts.

"These scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, making it crucial for individuals to exercise heightened vigilance and caution when dealing with Interac e-transfers," emphasized a spokesperson from the Manitoba RCMP. "It's imperative for the public to be aware of these fraudulent schemes and take proactive measures to safeguard their personal and financial information."

To mitigate the risk of falling victim to such scams, the Manitoba RCMP has provided several crucial tips for the public to adhere to:

  • Exercise Caution: Refrain from clicking on links or attempting to deposit money if you are not expecting any funds.

  • Scrutinize Emails: Even if the email appears to be personally addressed, remain vigilant as it may not be legitimate.

  • Utilize Interac E-Transfer Autodeposit: Opt for Autodeposit, a secure method that automatically deposits Interac e-transfer transactions into your bank account, minimizing the risk of interception by scammers.

  • Strengthen Passwords: Create strong, unique passwords to enhance the security of your online accounts.

  • Guard Personal Information: Exercise discretion when sharing personal identifiable information online to prevent hackers from exploiting it to gain unauthorized access to your accounts.

In the event of falling victim to fraud, individuals are urged to promptly contact their local police authorities to report the incident and seek necessary assistance.


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