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Central Okanagan Residents Warned of Fake Bank E-mails by RCPM

Police are cautioning everyone in Central Okanagan (British Columbia, Canada) that they must be wary of the opportunist swindlers who are sending fake bank e-mails. These e-mails purport to be from leading banks and they associate with genuine-looking websites.

Reportedly, RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) has issued one instance of the fake messages, which disguises as a communication from Montreal's BMO Bank, sent on April 12, 2010.

The counterfeit fake e-mail reads that there've been unusual operations on the bank account of the recipient, so he must go for verification, or the bank inadvertently withdrew or deposited money into his account.

The scam in question then suggests that for his own protection, the recipient should confirm this activity prior to continuing operating his account. Thus, by following a given Web-link he should review his statement.

To appear more genuine, the e-mail tells the recipient that the bank is sending this instruction to all its clients and it must be followed.

Cst. Steve Holmes, RCMP stated that the scam e-mails are distributed to people at random and many persons receiving them don't even own an account with the specified bank. Consequently, the scammers distribute e-mails using several banks' names, anticipating that the user who does not hold an account will fall in for the lure, Holmes explained, as per the statement published by Castanet.net published April 14, 2010.

According to Holmes, banks won't ever request for sensitive banking details through e-mail. Therefore, recipients of such e-mails mustn't ever reply to them.

Holmes says that such recipients must always verify the message by visiting the bank in person or by contacting it at a reliable phone number.

Also, scammers normally use second language in their communications and use weak grammar, both of which reveal their deceptiveness.

Moreover, if any user has confronted scam e-mails earlier he needs to maintain caution now. He should report his bank everything that has happened to him. They'll probably chase the scammer while keep a watch over the user's account.

Finally, the user must regularly patch his Web-browser and install an anti-spam filter to keep the system safe.

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