Warning of Increased COVID-19 Online Fraud

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime. Turn to trusted resources and advice for health, financial and security resources.

Digital fraud can take many forms, but the recent rise in COVID-19 related scams often take the form of spoofed governement information; fraudulent charities requesting money for victims; high-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk and resold for profit; and many more.

It is best to be wary when you receive emails from an unknown address, particularly emails that ask for money or insist that you act quickly. Never click a link in an email that you find suspicious, and check with someone you trust if you aren't sure about the validity of an email you've received

The following resource from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre outlines some of the scams that have been reported to them. They include steps for protecting yourself from digital scams, as well as resources for good online information.

Visit the COVID-19 Fraud Bulletin


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