Jan 01, 1970
News Category: Urgent Messages

E-Mail, text message attacks during COVID-19 Crisis

While Law Enforcement is reporting a downturn in some types of crime such as assaults, break and enters etc., there are other areas of crime which are picking up. Using the COVID-19 crisis as a backdrop, FRAUDSTERS are redoubling their efforts to steal information or money from unsuspecting users. This is being done sending fake emails and text messages as bait in what is called “phishing”. Some estimates are that phishing has increased by at least 350%.

SO, WHAT CAN WE DO TO TRY AND STAY SAFE:

-think before you click or download an attachment. If you are unsure of the source don’t click or download

-DO NOT respond to any requests for sensitive information

-Use well known websites such as WHO or Government of Canada website to stay up to date

-Sometimes hovering over a sender’s email address will help verify whether it is legitimate.

-Always remember that legitimate organizations won’t ask us to update account information or send personal data via email.

The IMPORTANT MESSAGE to take away here is that the fraudsters are taking advantage of this very serious health crisis and attempting to prey on peoples’ fears and concerns, which could well result in serious financial losses and identity theft.  The BEST ADVICE for anyone receiving a phone call, text message or email along these lines is to HANG UP and NOT CLICK/OPEN any files contained in the text message or email.

Excerpt from Ralph Page, CCSA, April 2020