Published on November 29, 2021
It's hard to imagine going through an entire day without using email or being online. Doing business online is now the standard, and – for most of us – the internet is part of our daily personal lives.
When you add the fact that working remotely is now becoming far more common, it’s important for individuals and businesses alike to be aware of the ways cyber criminals are taking advantage of the situation.
Internet fraudsters often use email or websites to impersonate well-known businesses or familiar people online. Their goal is to convincingly manipulate their targets (such as leading them to reveal passwords or financial information) in a practice known as email fraud or phishing. They may use upsetting or sensational information to demand an urgent response.
A legitimate source will never ask you to provide sensitive information through email. If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond or click any links it may contain. Instead:
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre wants to remind Canadians to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for ongoing frauds. Fraudsters are creative and want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation.
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