Online shopping for Black Friday? Be Cautious of Cyber ​​Threats, Federal Partners Warn – National

Canadians are urged to be aware of cyber threats when shopping online on Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

In a joint statement, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the Get Cyber ​​Safe campaign, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have warned against “getting involved in the fuss”. allow.

“In the rush to secure online deals, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the big savings that savvy retailers are offering,” the statement released by the federal partners said Thursday.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC), “COVID-19 has created an environment ripe for fraud and criminal activity online.”

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For example, in 2021, CAFC said fraud related to the purchase or sale of goods or online services accounted for more than $21.1 million in reported losses.

“If something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” the CAFC said.

According to the Get Cyber ​​​​Safe campaign, there are also ways to protect yourself from scams by recognizing some key signs such as: B. Too low prices and poorly designed websites.

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Red flags to keep an eye on also include payment transactions that seem overly complicated or stores that are missing key information or security elements.

“The majority of legitimate retailers will always have a returns policy, a privacy policy, and correct contact information for the business,” the statement said.

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When it comes to security elements, “a padlock icon next to the URL in the address bar that is open or missing indicates the site’s data is not secure,” and consumers should not buy from it, the statement added.

Another thing to look out for is “typos or mistakes in the store URL”.

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“Fraud, fraud and cybercrime are significant issues that are having a real impact on individuals, businesses and organizations in Canada and around the world. Unfortunately, scammers and cybercriminals use holiday promotions to continue to harass people,” said Chris Lynam, director general of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center and the National Cybercrime Coordination Centre, in the statement.

“The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to educate yourself about and report fraud and cybercrime,” he added.

The federal partners also advise that anyone who has become a victim of cybercrime, fraud or fraud should contact their local police immediately.

The CAFC also said it’s important for Canadians to report an incident to the agency through their online reporting system or by calling 1-888-495-8501, whether they’re a victim or not.

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