Folks being warned about email credit card scam

North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP.
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Folks are being warned to stick to their instincts when it comes to emails, especially ones regarding credit card information.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were alerted of a scam Monday where a concerned citizen said they'd received an email from supposedly their bank regarding their credit card.

"The request sounded valid, but the cardholder was not convinced," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart said in a media release.

The message in the email from stated, "Valued Customer, we detected unusual charges on your ****** credit card on February, 17th, 2013. Your account has been suspended. Please complete these steps and we will send you an email notifying that your account is active again."

Then it gave the recipient a link to follow.

Thankfully, the person didn't click on the link, Stuart said.

"Instead, they brought it to the attention of the police. Contact was made with the bank named in the document, and it was confirmed that they would never contact the cardholder in this way."

The public is being reminded never to respond to any emails where you don't recognize the sender and questions regarding your bank or credit card should be answered by your issuer directly.


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