10 Tips to avoid online scams
- Hover but DON’T CLICK!
If you are unsure about a link hover your mouse over the link, but DON’T CLICK! If you see you will be linking to a different or unrecognized address, it is likely a scam.
- Only click through to trusted web sites.
Make sure that the underlying link is from a source you recognize, such as your bank, your biller, Interac.ca or Clik2pay.com. Never click through to a link you do not recognize.
- Don’t open files or photos.
These could be downloading malware onto your device, never open a file from someone you don’t know or that you cannot verify as a legitimate company.
- Unusual Email Addresses
If the email comes from a peculiar email address, not @gmail or @yahoo and with numbers rather than names at the start it probably isn’t legit.
- That’s not my name!
“Dear clubpenguin457”, “Hi Dear”, “Dear Miss/Sir”, unless they use your name it is probably a scammer. Especially if they use the start of your email address.
- Didn’t win the spelling bee…
Most large companies spell check their email templates. If there are a number of spelling mistakes or poor grammar the email is likely not from a legitimate business.
- Don’t give away your money or personal information.
You SIN, Bank Account details or credit card information will almost never be requested via email from Banks or the Government.
- Keep up to date with scams.
Many common scams are reported, checking the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website to see a current list of scams.
- HTTPS: Look for a lock or an S.
Secure websites will have a lock next to the URL or begin with https not http. Check for this before you put information into any website.
- For text messages, 11 is 1 too many
If you receive a text from a number with 11 digits requesting information it’s probably a scam.