Toronto Police warn of security threats and scams when online shopping

Nov 28 2020, 9:37 am

The Toronto Police Service is warning people to be vigilant of online shopping scams and security threats.

With retail stores closed across the city until at least December 21, more people are expected to order their holiday gifts online this year.

As well as warning about a potential spike in package thefts, Toronto Police are advising people to take a number of precautions to ensure a secure online shopping experience.

Among their recommendations, police say that people should use a different password for each online shopping site, and that passwords be changed often. Never use public Wi-Fi networks for online shopping or banking, even when a password is required.

According to police, credit cards are the most secure option for online transactions.

To avoid phishing (luring via email) and smishing (luring via text message), they advise not to respond to emails or text messages from unknown sources. Don’t open attachments or click links from senders you don’t recognize.

If a web address has a lock icon next to it, the site uses encryption to protect payment information, police say. If you’re online shopping from your phone, only download apps from an authorized app store.

“Remember, if the offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is,” police say.

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