New text scam has OPP cautioning public
A recent text scam in the Temiskaming area has OPP reminding people to be extra careful when sharing personal information or money online.
Police say fake text messages are being sent to people claiming to be from phone companies. The message normally mentions that a refund is waiting, and in order to receive it, you are asked to sign in to your online banking to complete the e-transfer.
Once you have signed in, fraudsters are able to access your credentials, including passwords and usernames used for online banking.
After “completing” the e-transfer, you could receive another text message indicating the refund has been issued and to allow 48 hours for processing.
The OPP adds if you are unsure a link received in a text or email is trustworthy, don’t click on the link or provide any information.
Even with this information, police say new frauds are being created every day.