Manitoba RCMP is warning the public about interac e-transfer scams that are becoming more prevalent.

In these instances, the victim receives an email which appears to be from someone trying to send them an interac e-transfer. At first glance it appears legitimate and when the victim clicks on the link and enters in their banking credentials, the scammers are able to steal the banking login information. This gives the scammers access to the account which allows them to withdraw large sums of money.

Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated, so extra caution is needed before you accept an e-transfer.

"With all the different scams and the sophistication these scammers have, it's crazy what they can do and what they can gain access to," says Manitoba RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl Julie Courchaine. 

"When it comes to money, credit card information, banking information, that's when I think we need to be really careful, and double and triple check and even talk to family and friends," she adds.  "That's what we want you to do. Double check with people, call people and don't be ashamed if something did happen as well.  We need you to report it and call it in so we can keep track of what's happening."

"In some instances, we can track it and we can lay charges and make arrests.  We're seeing so many scams and frauds and it's so disheartening the amount of money people are losing. And for investigators it's frustrating and angering that this is happening, and that people are doing this," adds Cpl Courchaine.

Here are some tips on what to look out for:


  • •             If you are not expecting any money don’t click on links and try to deposit money
  • •             Check the email closely, even though it may be personally addressed it does not mean it is legitimate
  • •             Use Interac e-Transfer Autodeposit. If you have Autodeposit set up, Interac e-Transfer transactions sent to your email address will automatically be deposited into your bank account, Autodeposit is the secure way to accept Interac e-Transfer.
  • •             Create strong passwords
  • •             Be conscious about what you share online, including personal identifiable information that hackers can use to access your accounts.

If you were defrauded, please contact your local police and report it.

For more information on how to protect yourself from frauds and scams please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Please listen to more with Manitoba RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl Julie Courchaine below.