Kingston police are warning residents of a phishing scam that has surfaced in the region. It claims to be a rebate from Costco but it is, in fact, an attempt to get ahold of your banking information.
In a press release, police say residents receive text messages indicating an “annual rebate” is ready for deposit. The potential victims are asked to select their bank from a list, and are directed to a website that appears to be legitimate.
The website asks for the user’s name, account information and password in order to deposit the rebate; however, there is no rebate and the information put into the site is passed on to the fraudsters, who can use it to access a victim’s bank account.
“Please do not click on any links in emails or text message from unknown or un-anticipated contact. If you have any doubt, look up direct contact information for the business to confirm the validity of the message,” police said.