April 08, 2013 - 1:09 PM
Simply opening an email and clicking a link gave one Kelowna resident a run for his money. An unknown hacker was able to obtain the man's private online banking information by sending him a cleverly disguised friendly email.
Kelowna RCMP received the hacking report on March 20th when the victim was contacted by his bank institution to double check he wanted his funds transferred to a bank in Ontario.
Luckily, bank employees were suspicious of the unusual email request from their client and called to confirm before making a transfer. None of the man's funds were stolen, but he had to change both his email and account passwords.
Police are asking anyone who receives these suspicious emails to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the institution it appears to be from. If you have already provided your personal banking information after receiving one of these emails, you should contact your credit card company or financial institution immediately.
To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at email@example.com or call (250)718-0428.
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