KAWARTHA LAKES-The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reports $283.5 million has been lost due to fraud this year from 21,299 victims.
The OPP is reminding everyone to remain vigilant to fraud and scams. The Centre is seeing an increase in job opportunity frauds. These invitations are coming via text message, WhatsApp, email or messenger.
Police say things online are not always what they appear to be. Conduct research and confirm the legitimacy of organizations or transactions before continuing online. Stay safe online by following these tips:
- Pump the brakes and ask more questions
- Ask for credentials
- Listen to the inner voice that says “this doesn’t sound right”
- Be leery of any request for cash or cryptocurrency
- Be cautious of the sense of urgency
- Select a reputable company and do your research
- Obtain a detailed, written contract for any work
Remember: legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.
Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.