Welcome to our Fraud Watch page. Here you will find information on fraud and scams, and how to spot them. We provide links to official websites that show the numerous ways online thieves are trying to steal your money and/or identity, and websites that can help you prevent fraud or coach you if you become a victim.
No matter how careful we think we are, scammers try to get the upper hand. They prey on our fears and anxieties with scare tactics that can hinder our better judgment. They try to trick us with email attachments that install malware on our computer, or send us links to fake web pages that steal our usernames and passwords.
Be wary of emails, SMS texts, letters, and phone calls from individuals and companies you don’t know, or messages that are unexpected. Be especially careful with “important” messages using scare tactics. And, don’t believe any offers for making a quick buck; if it seems too good to be true, it usually is!
Have you encountered a scam recently? Send an image or forward the email to FraudAlert@opcug.ca. If we haven’t already posted something similar, we’ll feature it on this page. In order to protect your privacy, we will remove your identifiers.
Naked Security by Sophos
Phishing tricks that really work – and how to avoid them
Zix 2020 Mid-Year Global Threat Report (10 MB PDF) – An excellent report on the numerous methods used by scammers and fraudsters to steal our money and identity
DHS package delivery notification In these COVID-19 times of abundant online shopping, SOPHOS tells us how to avoid this latest email scam.
Here are some websites that list newer and older scams in circulation:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (COVID-19 fraud)
10 most costly scams for Canadians in 2018 (with advice from the BBB)
How to protect yourself when banking online:
Government of Canada
HOW SAFE ARE YOUR PASSWORDS?
If you allow Google Chrome to save your passwords, you can check them at https://passwords.google.com/ and see if any are compromised, duplicates, or weak.
See 9 Rules for creating and safeguarding strong passwords (CNET)
If any of your passwords are on this list, you should change them.
Top100kUsedPasswords (use Ctrl+F to search the list)
Check if your passwords have been pawned:
Check if your email address has been pawned:
Woman loses $340K in wire transfer scam — alleges 4 banks did little to stop it. https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5917139
Another unfortunate tale, on top of the local Romance scam that was reported last week, with the baddies using multiple means so as to avoid further scrutiny. Please pass on the below graphic to your family / friends so that we can all use Wise trust actions in our lives.