Refund scam

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The Hanna RCMP are warning of another refund scam that is making its rounds.

In this scam, the potential victim receives a text message or email telling them that they are entitled to a refund.

The text message or email will identify a legitimate company as the entity providing the refund.

In some cases the companies identified are actually offering refunds and the scammers are using that to make their scam look legitimate to people who will do a little research online before falling for the scam.

However, once the victim clicks on the provided link in the message they are directed to a fake page that requests personal information.

Once the information is given, the scammer has it and can use it in a fraudulent manner such as obtaining credit cards.

It isn’t often that a legitimate company approaches people directly to offer a refund. However, it does happen.

To be safe, if you get a message like this, never click on the provided link and never give any personal information.

If the named company is a legitimate company that YOU deal with (energy company, water company, etc.) then look up their contact information online or in a phone book.

Contact that company directly and ask about the refund.

If you are ever unsure of a transaction, contact the local police, financial institution or friends and family before doing the transaction.

This simple call could save you a lot of time and money.

 

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