Scams are becoming more common with the use of technology in our daily lives. Cybercriminals are always looking for creative and sneaky ways to steal your sensitive information. Although all Canadians are at risk of becoming vulnerable and victimized by a cyber scam, older adults are usually the top targets. Read below for common scams and tips on how to stay protected.
Dating websites have become very popular over the last decade to help individuals find love through an online platform. But we can’t trust every profile that we come across while using these platforms. Romance scams are when a cybercriminal creates a fake profile in hopes of taking advantage of someone looking for a personal connection. This is also known as catfishing.
To stay protected against romance scams, never share personal information on a dating website/platform. This includes sensitive personal information, SIN number, mother’s maiden name, etc. In addition, it is crucial to never send money to anyone you have only met online. It is important to report any suspicious behaviour to the dating site/platform right away, so the cybercriminal does not try this act on anyone else.
Tech support scams are issues where cybercriminals use tactics to trick you into unnecessary tech support services to fix your device or software problems that don’t exist.
Cybercriminals pose as well-known tech companies and mention they have found an issue with the device you’re using and ask for remote access to fix it. Hang up the phone if they are trying to call you and do not open, reply, or click on any attachments sent by email – delete the email immediately. Reputable tech companies will not contact you to repair your device unless you made the initial request. If you are unsure, contact your internet service provider.
This type of scam is very common among older adults and elderly people. It begins with a phone call, email, or text from a ‘family member’ who is in trouble and needs you to send them money or personal sensitive information. A common scenario: Your grandchild has been arrested and needs money for bail – you must send cryptocurrency to have them released.
Be aware and cautious of unexpected phone calls or messages from people claiming to be a loved one who needs financial help. Reach out to the loved one through other mediums such as calling them directly or messaging them on a social media platform to confirm if the request is real or fake.
With scams becoming more popular every day and targeting adults in specific, TIM would like to remind you to stay vigilant against cybercrimes to protect your sensitive information.
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For more information, read this Government of Canada, Get Cyber Safe article.