The RCIPS Financial Crimes Unit is warning residents to be extremely cautious when it comes to receiving unsolicited emails.
The people behind email scams are becoming more and more creative with many containing all kinds of elaborate stories to obtain personal details for the receiver, said a RCIP press release.
Because of this it is often difficult to separate genuine correspondence from fake.
Many of these scams involve unsolicited emails asking the user to divulge bank details or enter into a business agreement of some sort.
Others mention large sums of money allocated to you from a lottery draw or state that cash has been left to you in a will.
Officers are reminding people that under no circumstances should you divulge bank or PIN details to anyone that you do not know. Neither your bank nor the police would ever request these details from you.
The FCU is issuing the following tips for staying safe online:
• Know who you are dealing with – always use reputable sites and always access internet banks by typing the address into your browser. Never go to a site using a link in an email.
• Keep passwords and PIN numbers secure – Always be cautious of unsolicited emails or calls asking you to disclose any personal details or card numbers. Your bank and the police would never contact you to get this information.
• Check your statements carefully – if you notice anything irregular, check it with the bank immediately.
• Keep your PC secure – use up-to-date anti-virus software and be extra careful when using internet cafes or computers that you have no control over.
Anyone who receives this type of email is urged to delete it immediately. Anyone who has fallen victim of this type of offence is encouraged to contact the Financial Crimes Unit on 949-8797.