Monday, August 13, 2018

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service News Release
Winnipeg Police Service
Monday, August 13, 2018
Public Advisory – Financial Security Alert Scams
The Winnipeg Police Service wishes to remind the public of phishing scams involving fraudulent 'security alert' text messages.
Your mobile phone may receive an unsolicited text message that has a sense of urgency and/or warnings that your bank account will be closed or your access limited. These are often scams and examples can be seen below:
Clicking the website link will take you to a fraudulent portal pretending to be the bank and may ask you to enter a username/password or personal information.
It is important to note that these messages may appear to come from your own name or phone number. These phishing attempts may also come in the form of a money request such as "…has sent you money, click here to receive it".
Below are some steps that can be used to help avoid these scams:
- Never click on any link in any text message that you were not expecting.
- Watch out for look-alike web addresses. Just because an address has the name of a real company in it, doesn't mean it's legitimate.
- If you aren't sure about a message or think it may be legitimate, go directly to the website of the business and check for any notifications there. If you don't see anything, call the company directly.
- Go over these tips with any individual (including friends or family) who you feel may be susceptible to a scam like this.
These scams can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre here:

For further information contact either:
   Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
   Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
   Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer
   Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

   Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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