Ladies and Gentlemen,
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Police Pensioners Association of Ontario
The following message was sent by a member who felt we needed to share this information with our members.“Perhaps you may want to blast this out.Yesterday I received a text from RBC stating that I had a rebate coming to me and that I should go to a link in the text message to get the rebate. I figured it was a scam. I deleted.Today I received another text from RBC stating that my RBC account had been frozen due to security reasons and that I should go to the link in the message to verify the security issue. Nice try.I went to a branch of the RBC with my cell in my hand. Before I could say anything the teller said. “It’s A Scam, don’t open the link”. The teller stated that RBC would never send a text like that and if there was a security issue they would ask you to come into the branch.Below are a few real links that talk about this scam.”
Receive any suspicious emails or texts lately?Long weekends and holidays are a preferred time for fraudsters to send out phishing emails or text messages (known as smishing) — hoping to catch unsuspecting individuals off-guard.A phishing email or text may look like it comes from RBC or “your bank”, usually has an urgent message, and typically asks you to provide or confirm personal details such as your online banking credentials, private information, account particulars, passwords, etc.Always question any unsolicited emails or texts you receive and remember that RBC will never contact you by regular email or text messaging regarding problems with your accounts or services. We’ll never ask you to provide or confirm personal details or confidential information by clicking on a link, completing a form, or calling a phone number included in an email or text.If you receive a suspicious email or text message, don’t click on any links, complete any forms, call the toll-free number or provide any information requested. Just delete the message.To report a suspected phishing email, please forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then delete it from your inbox.Check out these sites. They tell the story.