Phishing Prevention Tips
Updated: Jul 30
What Exactly Is Phishing?
The RCMP says phishing is a general term for emails, text messages and websites fabricated and sent by criminals. They are designed to look like they come from well-known and trusted businesses, financial institutions and government agencies in an attempt to collect personal, financial and sensitive information.
These emails are designed to trigger a quick reaction from you. They will demand an urgent response. Phishing messages are normally not personalized and will ask you to “update”, “confirm” or “validate” your account information. Often, the message or website includes official-looking logos and other identifying information taken directly from legitimate websites.
Be suspicious of an email or text message containing urgent requests for personal or financial information (financial institutions and credit card companies normally will not use email to confirm an existing client's information).
Never email personal or financial information.
Avoid embedded links in an email claiming to bring you to a secure site. Never click on a link sent to you in an email or found on a “friends” Facebook feed.
If you feel that you have been a victim of a phishing email you can contact the company directly using a telephone number from a credible source such as a phone book or an invoice.
You can also contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 toll-free or online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm