Threatening text scam related to major Canadian bank targeting some residents in Mississauga and Brampton

Published July 11, 2021 at 12:58 am

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Being with any major bank comes with the risk of scam texts, so residents should remain vigilant.

A local resident says she recently received a text scam purporting to be from TD, telling her that her account was restricted.

TD calls it “smishing” — a combination of “Short Message Service” (i.e. a text message) and the word “phishing”.

The bank says to watch out for messages that may include what looks like a legitimate website address and asks you enter several pieces of your personal financial information, such as your credit/debit card number, CVV code (on the back of your credit card), your ABM card number, your SIN, your email address, or other personal information.

“If you suspect Smishing, do not respond to the text message. You should immediately contact the financial institution or credit card company and tell them of your suspicions,” TD advises.

The bank offers more fraud prevention tips on its website.

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