Many people spend several hours each day online – be it at work, at home or on the go. Unfortunately, so do Internet scammers who may be “phishing” for your personal info. The Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection B.C. have teamed up during Fraud Prevention Month, a month-long national initiative that aims to help Canadians recognize, prevent and report fake activities to help British Columbians not to “get reeled in by a phishing scam.”
Phishing or brand spoofing is when scammers create web pages or email messages from what appear to be well-known and trusted businesses, like a bank or credit card company. The goal of these fraudsters is to trick you into submitting sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, bank account information, social insurance numbers and passwords that will be used to commit fraud. By simply clicking on one of these phishing emails and supplying your personal information, you could become a victim of this prevalent fraud.
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