Common scams

With cyber-fraud incidents on the rise and fraudsters waging sophisticated attacks through phone, text, email, and other digital channels, it’s important to recognize the warning signs that someone is trying to scam you.

We’ve identified the most common scams that fraudsters are currently using to steal your money and personal information. 

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Am I being scammed?

It’s often difficult to tell the difference between a scam and an urgent request or a new opportunity. This tool will help you to determine whether or not you’re being targeted by a common scam and guide you to more information as to how to spot and avoid everyday scams.

Common scams that target your money

Holiday Scams

'Tis the season to be cautious! During holiday seasons, many of us turn to the internet to shop, travel, and plan festive activities while hackers use these occasions to target our money and personal information.

Here are some common holiday scams you should watch out for:

  • Gift card – These scams may include a fake agency/service requesting payment via gift cards or someone pretending to be your family member or friend in distress and in need of funds. 
  • Shipping notification - Fraudsters send notices regarding delivery failure or additional fees, tricking you into providing sensitive information or clicking a malicious link that could infect your device.
  • Overdue invoice – You may receive fake invoices related to gifts, services or travel reservations demanding immediate payment to avoid penalties or cancellations.
  • Fake charities - Scammers will pose as charitable organizations during the holiday season to solicit donations that will never reach the intended cause.
  • Free WiFi - Cybercriminals set up unsecured public Wi-Fi networks in popular tourist spots or shopping centres to intercept your data, potentially leading to identity theft or financial loss.
  • Fake websites / retailers / apps - Scammers create convincing yet fake websites, online stores and apps, offering limited holiday deals that are often too good to be true.

Recognize it

Look out for urgent requests for gift cards, wire transfers or personal information during the holidays and never rush to make a purchase on too good to be deal.

Reject it

Verify authenticity of websites, online retailers, and apps, as well as requests for charitable donations and urgent funds for family and friends in need. Never rush to click a link, open an attachment, or send money.

Report it

Call us immediately at 1-866-625-0561 and report it to your local government agency and/or service provider.

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