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Three telltale signs the email you just received is a scam

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Marketwired) — 03/06/17 — “Dear customer, your account has been hacked. Click on this link to sign into your account and restore it.”

If you have received an email like this recently, chances are scammers tried to target you. Here are the three telltale signs of a phishing email that you need to be on the lookout for:

Three telltale signs

“Banks take extensive measures to protect their customers and have teams of security experts working behind the scenes to identify and shut down these scams,” says Terry Campbell, President of the Canadian Bankers Association. “Despite the very convincing nature of some of these emails, the general greetings, urgent warnings and demands for personal information should set off red flags for consumers.”

If you have any doubts about an email that looks like it is from your bank or a reputable company, contact them before responding. Use a phone number, email or website that you know is correct, not the toll-free number, email address or website address provided in the email – these may link you to the criminals rather than the bank.

Variations of the Phishing Scam

Unlike a typical phishing scam, sometimes fraudsters won–t cast a wide net but rather target their efforts on a specific individual. Canadians need to be vigilant about spotting these variations of the phishing scam:

The CBA is issuing tips and information through Twitter () and its website throughout the month of March. Canadians can also subscribe to the CBA–s free .


About the Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association works on behalf of 61 domestic banks, foreign bank subsidiaries and foreign bank branches operating in Canada and their 280,000 employees. The CBA advocates for effective public policies that contribute to a sound, successful banking system that benefits Canadians and Canada–s economy. The Association also promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions and works with banks and law enforcement to help protect customers against financial crime and promote fraud awareness. .

Andrew Perez
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Bankers Association
(416) 362-6093, ext. 219
Cell: (416) 587-7733

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