The fight against fraud starts with you. Learn to recognize, avoid and report cybercrime.
From bank investigators and Covid-19 counterfeit vaccines to foreign money offers the list of trending scams is extensive. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a staggering total of 106.4 million dollars were lost to fraudsters in 2020.
Scammers will contact their victims using a variety of methods including email and text messages, websites and social media platforms and of course good old-fashioned letter mail.
Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. Protect yourself:
Just say NO to high-pressure sales tactics
Do your research and verify the legitimacy of organizations asking for your money
Don't give out personal information
Beware of upfront fees
Additionally, take cybersecurity seriously. Protect your computer and your online accounts.
install anti-virus software
keep your operating system up to date
create strong passwords
consider using a password manager
enable multi-factor authentication
review your social media privacy settings regularly
Wondering how to report fraud? The RCMP is currently partnering with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Canadian Digital Service to create a new cybercrime and fraud reporting system.