Received an Interac e-Transfer notification you weren’t expecting? Exercise caution:
Here is an example of a current phishing scam:
Received an Interac e-Transfer notification with an attachment? Do not open it.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Criminals may attempt to convince you they have sent you money, by sending you an email that appears to be using the Interac e-Transfer service, but isn’t. For example, you may receive an email stating that Interac is holding money in escrow until you provide evidence of having shipped goods. Our organization does not offer an escrow service. Do not assume you will be able to receive money until you can confirm that it is in your bank account.
What are phishing scams?
A phishing is a scam where fraudsters attempt to acquire personal and/or financial information, such as passwords, card numbers, etc., by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business through electronic communications. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message, although phone contact has been used as well. In some instances, the fraudster sends authentic-looking emails or text messages (smishing) that appear to come from legitimate companies, requesting recipients to disclose personal and/or financial information that is later used to commit fraud. Be suspicious if you receive a notice for an Interac e-Transfer that you were not expecting. If in doubt, contact the sender to confirm that he or she has initiated your transfer.