2017-08-23

Queens RCMP warn public about online bank scam



Queens District RCMP are warning residents of an online bank scam.

The RCMP is advising residents to disregard emails which appear to be from their local banks, stating that unidentified persons tried to unsuccessfully access the bank account of recipients, resulting in the bank blocking the account holders' access.

The email directs recipients to click on a link in order to "unfreeze" the account, but the RCMP says doing so could potentially lead to the theft of funds and the possible surrender of personal financial information.

"Banks and other financial institutions do not conduct business in this manner and do not arbitrarily freeze accounts because of the actions of unidentified hackers."

Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to contact the Queens County RCMP Detachment at 902-354-5721.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at crimestoppers.ns.ca.

Callers can qualify for a cash award between $50 to $2,000 if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip.

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