Phishing is one of the easiest ways for fraudsters to steal log-in credentials, personal information or even infiltrate corporate networks, warn officials
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and Serious Fraud Office Ontario (SFO), in concert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), as part of Fraud Prevention Month, is warning people about phishing.
Phishing is one of the easiest ways for fraudsters to steal log-in credentials, personal information or even infiltrate corporate networks. Fraudsters will use mass email campaigns to send messages that appear to be from recognized institutions, companies or government agencies.
These emails may claim that you need to update your account or that money is ready to be deposited. The CAFC also receives many reports of a phishing scam variation that contains malicious links or attachments. These emails may appear to be a receipt from a purchase, delivery notification or a fraudulent notice to appear in court. If the link or attachment is clicked, your computer will be infected with malware.
Financial institutions are often impersonated by fraudsters in an attempt to make their frauds sound more convincing. The CAFC encourages consumers to reach out to their financial institutions directly if they have concerns about their accounts.
Warning signs – How to protect yourself
- Beware of unsolicited text messages and emails from individuals or organizations asking you to click on a link or open an attachment; do not click on links or attachments; they can contain viruses
- Be wary of spelling mistakes in e-mails or text messages
- Verify the hyperlink by hovering your curser over the link or button
- Set-up multifactor authentication for all online accounts.
- The Government of Canada will never send funds by email or text message
- Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself from fraud.
Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501. If not a victim, report it to the CAFC anyway.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre will be sharing advice through our website, Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the month.