Scam is a way of tricking people into handing out personal information or money. The old fashion scams usually involve physical interaction between scammers and victims. Nowadays, cyber scam is a popular form of scam which involves deceit via the use of phone, computer, tablet and other Internet-enabled device to disrupt bank accounts, send viruses, and steal personal information. The massive growth of the internet has increased cyber scams that use online network as a tool to attempt the trick while hiding behind a shield of digital anonymity. Any of us can be a target of scam, and it impacts our emotional, identity and financial as well. The good news is that you can avoid being the victim if you know what to look for.

Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread globally among the number of frauds related to the virus. The fraudsters are taking advantage of citizens’ fear to gain profit. Scammers trick users to visit fake website, open email or text message attachment, or give out their sensitive information. E.g. cyberthieves send message to victims saying they have interacted with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Besides, rental scams and telephone scams are two popular techniques that scammers use to approach you nowadays. Rental scam usually targets on someone who is looking for a place to rent (e.g. apartment, house or office space). You can find properties listing online but those advertises may not exist or do not belong to the fraudsters. Telephone scam figures out numerous ways to trick you out of your money or sensitive information over the phone. Scammers tend to act friendly and helpful, or even try to scare you.

Do not fall into a scam. Be precautious by taking information in slowly, checking the phone number or website credential to ensure you are not being scammed. If you suspect any signs of scam, verify its integrity by contacting authority center (Canada Revenue Agency or police). Delete emails trying to convince you to send money or personal identification.

You can report fraudulent or suspicious activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre via online at www.antifraudcentre.ca, or telephone at 1-888-495-8501.