An email from a bank is a really really red flag. Before responding to the email - give your bank a phone call.

News 100 redBy Staff

July 16th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The scammers never stop. One of the reasons they keep doing what they do (take your money from you) is because the tricks they use actually work. People respond to those emails that tell you your Netflix account has been shut down or there is a problem with your bank account and you have to get in touch with them right away.

Identity theft - many facesThe scammers are getting better. There was a time that either the spelling errors or the grammar was so bad that you knew it didn’t come from a bank. They have gotten better with the message they send. The Gazette maintains a couple of identities that give us a chance t see what the average Canadians gets. This one came in yesterday:

Dear User
Just to let you know that we noticed unusual activities on your online account during our regular update today. It is either your details have been changed or incomplete.
As a result of the technical issues detected your online account has been temporarily suspended. You are therefore required to verify your details to regain access to online service. Please click the link below in order to regain instant access.

Click here to regain access

The moment to click on that line you will have begun the process of giving the scammer some of the information they need to get access to your bank account.  It does happen.  Read one of the really sad stories of someone whose bank account was compromised.

TD Canada Trust.
Disclaimer
This email was sent from a notification-only address that does not accept email replies. Please do not reply directly to this email.

Rule number 1; if in doubt – don’t.

Rule number 2 – your bank will not send you this kind of email.  They will telephone you.

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