Schemes, Scams and Internet Fraud Exposed

Tax Return has just send you an INTERAC e-Transfer

Brand new scam targeting Canadians hot on the heels of tax time. This scam email claims to be regarding your tax return but in the style of an Interac e-Transfer. CRA – Canada Revenue Agency does not send you tax return money in this fashion. They will only fund your bank account as per setting up your e-file account or by cheque to your home/business address.

The scam email cloaks links to a hacked Vietnamese website impersonating the usual login for Interac transfers. Do not visit the website noted below or in your own email as it also likely contains a blackhole exploit kit.

The email as sent to us is noted below. Your version may differ slightly. If you filled in the form you must immediately contact your bank by telephone and tell them what happened.

Dear customer,

You just receive an INTERAC e-Transfer

(previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).

Amount: $250.00 (CAD)

Sender’s Message: A message was not provided

Expiry Date: 28 May 2013

Action Required:
To deposit your money, click here:

Trouble with the link? Type it into your web browser address bar.

Need help?

What is an INTERAC e-Transfer? (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer). If you use

online or mobile banking at a participating financial institution, you can send and

receive money quickly and easily.

Email or text messages carry the notice while the financial institutions securely transfer

the money using existing payment networks. If your financial institution does not yet

offer INTERAC e-Transfer, you can still deposit transfers to any bank account in Canada.

Click for details.
Pour voir les d?tails du virement en fran?ais,
cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous :

The cloaked link which should be flagged by your email program (Thunderbird, Outlook etc) leads to

The email was sent from which is most likely a compromised home user.

Update Your Microsoft Windows

Brand new email scam targeting users of Microsoft Windows which states you need to update your Microsoft Windows account. This email scam aims to steal your identity and credentials. For us it was simple to see it was a scam – we use Apple! As well note that Microsoft is spelled in lowercase – the real company would never make that mistake.

The scam email is forged so it appears on first glance to be coming from when it was actually sent from via a Russian email proxy. The scam is perpetrated by using the hacked website as a place to steal your information if you follow the links in the email.

The scammer is also using other hacked websites for the images in the email such as and oddly pulls an image directly from – as if they wouldn’t notice and flag legal authorities. It appears the scammer didn’t edit their email text and left paypal stuff from another scam behind which appears in this email.
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Account Alert – Scotia Bank

Here is yet another email scam targeting users of Canadian banks, and this time it is the Scotia Bank. Our email program (Thunderbird) identified this email as a potential scam because of the cloaked link in the body of the email. You should also be using an email program that does this for you. It is also a wise idea to turn off html functions for new email until you are sure the individual email you want to read is okay and thus enable it at that time.

This scam follows the usual bank email scam in that the email states your account is in jeopardy for some reason and you need to follow the link in the email or fill out the attached form in order to rectify the situation. Of course no bank in Canada does this so you can immediately delete these types of emails without a second thought – no matter how crafty the scammers are at copying a bank’s email form.

The scam email is noted below. Your copy may differ slightly.
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Important New Information About Your Account

Email scam that targets users of TD Canada Trust. This email scam claims your account has been accessed by a ‘foreign’ IP number and your account will be frozen if you don’t fill out the form supplied on the website linked to in the email.

Like other scam emails targeting users of Canadian banks this one also contains images taken directly from the bank’s servers. Why they continue to allow hotlinking of their images is beyond us – unless they do it to track the moronic scammers who do it. Only a true idiot amateur scammer wouldn’t think the banks could not track their use of images contained in the scammers spam emails.

As with similar scams we have highlighted on this website, this scam email contains many clues that you can use to protect yourself. In this one notice they use TD Trust Canada instead of the true name – TD Canada Trust. The bank would never make that mistake but a scammer will – and did. As well the link contained in the email is a shortened url – a feeble attempt at fooling both spam blockers and potential victims. Banks will never have such links in their customer service emails. And they will notify you by phone or mail of any potential problems with your account – not by email!

The scam email as sent to us is noted below. Your version may differ slightly. Do not visit the link contained in any scam email or any email that you suspect is suspicious!
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Update your Bank of Montreal Information

Here is a really bad email scam targeting users of the Bank of Montreal. Recently we have noticed that the scammers have at least attempted to conceal their activities by making their emails really look like they are coming from one of Canada’s big five banks, but not this one. This email scam is really amateurish.

Like so many other email scams we have highlighted on this website for our users, this email scam is pathetically easy to spot for those taking a few seconds to look and think before clicking. The English is really poor and in no way would reflect the language a customer service email would contain in Canada. That should be your first hint. The second hint should be what they are claiming in the email itself. When it sounds really stupid – it is.

Note that there is also no French used in the email – and the link contained leads to a hacked WordPress website. Your version may differ slightly. Do not follow the link for any reason.

The scam email as sent to us is noted below. If you have clicked the link contained within and filled in the form you need to immediately contact your local Bank of Montreal branch and notify them of what has happened. You should also keep the email for the police and bank should they request it.
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Please Enrol early with RBC

Clever email scam targeting users of RBC card services in Canada. Email is flagged by Thunderbird as a scam because of the url it contains. Do not be a victim of this scam.

This scam email even uses text directly from RBC’s own website so there is not the usual giveaway bad English throughout. It also contains graphics to mimic emails from RBC. It’s the link contained that should alert you to the scam.

The link in the scam email noted below may differ and probably will, in the version you get. The url in our version leads to which belongs to Beijing Weishichuangjie Technical Development Co.,Ltd. Do not follow the link as the web server probably also contains browser exploits.

If you have already followed the link and filled in the form you need to contact your local RBC branch immediately and if you can log in to your account and immediately change the password and any login challenge questions.
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The Shipment!

Email scam like so many before it which claims to have something for you from someone you don’t even know – all in return for a little money. As a Canadian it is not that often that we see scammers specially-craft or use Canadian locations in these types of scams.

This scam email claims to be coming from someone working at the United Nations Inspection Agency – which doesn’t even exist, but nonetheless that doesn’t stop the scammer from claiming that they have in their possession an abandoned shipment at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. And it can be all yours if you just hand over a small fee – which will of course will result in nothing more than you losing your money.

The scam as sent to us is noted below. Yours may differ slightly. At least they used proper English!
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New email scam targeting user of CIBC banking services. The email from field is forged and the scam email contains a link to specially-crafted website whose aim is to steal your banking credentials.

If you have already visited the website contained in the email noted below, you will need to immediately contact your local CIBC bank branch to report the incident. Keep a copy of the email as well if you can.

The scam email as sent to us is noted below. The copy you see may differ slightly. DO NOT visit any link contained in any email you deem suspicious.
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