Beware of Phishing Scams

Cyber Security Button on Keyboard
With fraudulent emails so commonplace these days it’s safe to say that most of us have received one at some point. While the intent of these messages remains unchanged, over the years they have become more sophisticated. Recently, fraudsters have been sending fraudulent emails claiming that you have received an Interac e-Transfer.

interac screenshot

A closer look at this email indicates the email address is not from an Interac address. It is also essential to be cautious if you receive an e-Transfer you were not expecting. When in doubt, always contact the sender using another method to verify the legitimacy of the e-Transfer. Never reply to the email you received directly. 

The two major dangers of clicking unverified links are that you could be taken to a phishing site or inadvertently download malware or a virus. Phishing sites look like legitimate business sites and may even be replicas of sites you are familiar with but they’re designed to trick you into providing personal information. Malware, on the other hand, infects your computer with ransomware or a keylogger that captures anything you type into your computer like passwords or credit card numbers.

It is always important to run the most recent version of your anti-virus software, and operating system, as well as have a firewall running to protect your computer from malware or viruses.

When you receive an email you suspect is fraudulent, protect yourself and your accounts and delete the email.