Stettler RCMP are warning Drumheller and area residents about a new email scam.

"Essentially you get an email and the heading is something like 'Interac E-Transfer Refund,' you open it up and it says Interac is holding a refund for you and you have a certain amount of time to recieve the money," said Sergeant Phil Penny with the Stettler RCMP. "Then it prompts you to follow a link and takes you offsite to another location."

"In this case you'll see a refund and other other ones there will be an emergnecy like 'grandma I'm in jail I need you to send money' so their tactic is to play on those feelings," explained Penny.

Most scams involve a sense of urgency such as a deadline in order to entice the victim to act on impulse.

"Being aware is probably the number one way to prevent being a victim," noted Penny. "Sometimes we get people saying 'how come you don't tell us about all of the scans out there' and if I did that I would do nothing else because there are so many of them. What I can do is provide some of the information that really shows some of the consistency and the tactics."

Penny added that it is important you do not click on or open any attachments within the email or provide any personal information in response.

Anyone who may have been a victim of the scam can contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.

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