What you need to know to protect yourself from COVID-19 Scams
So what you can you do to ensure that you don't become a fraud victim? Below is a list of things you must avoid to protect yourself from COVID-19 related scams, frauds and cyber crimes.
- Third-party companies offering to help you with your Canada Emergency Response (CERB) application (or any other application for financial support)
- Unsolicited calls, emails and texts requesting urgent action or payment and / or offering financial relief or government compensation
- Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims
- Criminals using your identity to sign-up for the CERB and receive payments
If you encounter any of these, please contact your financial institution, report the incident to your local police or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
It is also important to remember that if you receive unsolicited calls, emails or texts, you MUST not give out your personal and financial information. Verify the source first by checking the source's official website or contact numbers.
During this difficult time, it is important we remain vigilant. We must always be on the lookout for signs of fraud and scams in order to protect ourselves.