Scammer targeting Islanders with fraudulent Red Cross texts

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RCMP is warning Islanders about fraudulent texts that claim to be from the Red Cross.

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In the texts that look like they are from the Red Cross, scammers tell Islanders that they are entitled to Hurricane Fiona relief money. The recipient is then encouraged to click on a hyperlink where they are asked to input their banking information. These texts are a scam.

The Canadian Red Cross will never ask for your banking information, social insurance number or credit card number in order to receive financial assistance. The Canadian Red Cross communicates only via email, phone, or in- person and would never send a link through a text message to receive assistance.

If you receive a text like this one, please delete it and do not click on the links. If you suspect you have been a victim of fraudulent activity, please contact your local police.

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