ICBC warns of text message scam

By Greg Fry
September 29, 2017 - 3:26pm

KAMLOOPS — If you've received a text from ICBC over the past 24 hours, be wary.

ICBC says a number of its customers have received text messages telling the receiver they've been sent a refund for a traffic fine or red light ticket while providing a link to claim money.

The link directs the user to a site where they have to enter personal banking information. Called SMiSHing, short for SMS phishing, this scam could trick a user to unknowingly download malware onto their mobile device or send personal information directly to the attacker.

ICBC wants people to know it does not use unsecure channels like text messaging or social media to communicate sensitive information to its customers. It also doesn't issue refunds via text message or Interac e-transfer.

In most cases, ICBC says reading the text shouldn't cause harm to one's mobile device but customers should delete the text immediately and not click on any links.

Anyone who has received this texts are encouraged to call their local police department or the Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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