August 25th

Arm yourself with knowledge to beat the fraudsters!

The confidentiality and security of your personal information should be one of your top priorities.  Please gather as much information as possible and learn how to protect yourself from various types of scams that are prevalent today.

Here is a listing of current scams taking place in our area:

  • CRA email scam / telephone scams
    • There has been a few of these either through a “click this link” in an email or text message.  These are typically used by the fraudsters to gain access to the members’ device and get the banking information they need to get into their online banking and perform transfers.
    • Telephone scams is where the member receives a phone call from the fraudsters stating they are CRA and require the member to pay back taxes or else they are going to jail.  CRA will never phone call a member and badger them into sending money.  If a member thinks they are being targeted they can contact CRA directly or login through their online access to CRA and see that they do or do not owe any taxes.
  • Overpayment scams (i.e. selling items online through eBrandon or kijiji)
    • Members beware when selling items online. Fraudsters have been known to send a cheque for more than what they were selling item for.  The buyer then asks the member to send the excess back to them.  Usually weeks or months later the original cheque comes back counterfeit and the member is out the transfer they sent to the fraudsters.
    • When selling stuff online its best to only sell to people that are local and can pick up the items in person.
  • E-transfer scams
    • Via text message – usually in the form of a “click this link” to receive a money transfer.  Never click a link that you were not expecting, typical fraudsters will use these techniques to put a program on your device to gain access to either your banking information or password information.
  • Romance Scam
    • There have been instances of romance scams over the last few months.  These particular fraudsters typically target widows in the form of an online dating site.  The fraudsters build a relationship with the member over months and months before an “event” occurs. Such events may include repayment of back taxes, being arrested and needs bail money, or became ill and needs money for medical treatment.  Members need to be aware they can lose a significant amount of money if this is not caught in time as they will typically wire the funds, use etransfers, or buy money orders that cannot be stopped once the fraudster receives the money.

Talk with Sunrise Credit Union if you have any concerns about the safety and privacy of your personal information.

 

 

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