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Beware of scams during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is a heightened sense of insecurity, uncertainty, fears, and misinformation, and understandably so. To keep people aware of plausible fraudulent activities, here’s a list compiled by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

  • Fraudsters posing as “companies”
  • Fraudsters offering quick COVID-19 tests/products claiming prevention of the disease
  • Fraudsters/Scammers are posing as a government representative
  • Fraudsters posing as hydro/electrical power companies, and threatening to disconnect power-supply for non-payment
  • Fraudsters pretending to work for the Red Cross or other known charities
  • Fraudsters as financial advisors convincing one to invest in stocks related to the disease

Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • Beware of unsolicited calls, emails and texts requesting urgent action or payment and/or offering medical advice, financial relief, or government assistance and compensation
  • Never click suspicious links and do not open suspicious attachments
  • Do not share personal or financial details
  • Have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up-to date

Security Resources as listed below: 

If you know a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at NT RCMP also encourages to report to your local RCMP detachment.

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