Phishing scams are on the rise in Ontario, with fraudsters targeting residents through text messages claiming to be from Canada Post. The scam involves a text message from a 902 area code, stating that a package has been held and the courier did not receive a signature. The message prompts recipients to click a link to ‘plan their delivery,’ which leads them to a website that closely resembles the official Canada Post page.
On the fraudulent website, users are asked to provide their payment information, name, date of birth, and address in order to choose a new delivery date by paying a small fee of $1 or $1.25. However, it is important to note that Canada Post does not contact customers by email or text unless specifically requested.
Canada Post has issued a warning to customers, urging them to delete any suspicious emails or texts containing links or files. The company emphasizes that it takes online security seriously and advises individuals to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 if they receive these fraudulent texts.
Phishing scams involve the fraudulent practice of sending emails or text messages that appear to be from reputable companies in order to obtain personal information, such as credit card numbers and passwords. These scams often use language that creates a sense of urgency or offers a reward to entice individuals to provide their information.
To protect yourself from phishing scams, it is important to:
- Delete any suspicious emails or texts containing links or files
- Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre if you believe you have been a victim of fraud
- Be cautious of emails or texts that request personal information
- Verify the sender’s email address or phone number
- Check official websites or contact companies directly for accurate information
It is worth noting that scams often use similar language to trick individuals, such as using phrases like ‘urgent,’ ‘action required,’ or ‘positive news.’ Therefore, it is important to remain vigilant and skeptical of any unsolicited messages that request personal information.
By following these precautions and staying informed about the latest scams, individuals can protect themselves from falling victim to phishing attempts. Remember, Canada Post will never send unsolicited emails or texts asking for credit card numbers, account or invoice numbers, addresses, or passwords.