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.
How to protect yourself online:
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Get Cyber Safe
CIRA Canadian Shield
Naked Security by Sophos
Phishing tricks that really work – and how to avoid them
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)
What to do if you become a victim of fraud:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Report a scam or fraud -Government of Ontario (includes a good list of scam types)
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:
SECURING YOUR COMPUTER
The Gibson Research Corporation (GRC)
This venerable institution has been around for decades. Check if your computer ports are open to attack with this free service.
Probe your ports: ShieldsUP!!
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
by Chris Taylor, OPCUG
Guard yourself against email, phone, and password fraud, and more!
Security Layers (PDF)
Presented by Tom Trottier at the December 8, 2021 monthly meeting. (audio recording)