Deer Lake RCMP is warning about a fake email scam claiming to be from the CRA

Deer Lake RCMP is warning about a fake email scam claiming to be from the CRA

The RCMP is warning about a fraudulent e-transfer email scam claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). According to a RCMP news release, police in Deer Lake have received several complaints from residents who received emails that looked like they were from the CRA and said the person was entitled to a tax refund. Once an attempt was made to deposit the funds, however, the individual was asked to provide the social insurance…

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Fake “Department of Justice,” email used in latest online phishing scam, warns RCMP

Fake “Department of Justice,” email used in latest online phishing scam, warns RCMP

Police in Grande Prairie is warning about a new computer scam that masquerades as an official government email. The scam involves an email claiming to be sent by the Department of Justice on behalf of the online Crown Prosecution Service. The email claims recipients have been summoned to appear in court as witnesses and invites them to click on a link to view case details. Clicking on the link allows the sender to install a…

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Cryptocurrency fraud doubled to $1.7m according to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Cryptocurrency fraud doubled to $1.7m according to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, citizens of the great white north have been swindled out of more than $1.7 million via scams connected to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin this year, more than double the amount in 2016. Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015, which was roughly $284,000. And as bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above $17,000 US mark…

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Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November

Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November

Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had opened a formal investigation into the data breach, which saw the theft of information from some 57 million Uber accounts globally in October 2016. Uber said the information taken includes names, email address, and mobile phone numbers from…

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Email spoofing flaw affects over 30 email clients according to security researcher

Email spoofing flaw affects over 30 email clients according to security researcher

In a new email scam that looks familiar, often sent by a friend, it’s possible that the email has been sent by someone else in an attempt to compromise your system. A security researcher has discovered a collection of vulnerabilities in more than 30 popular email client applications that could allow anyone to send spoofed emails bypassing anti-spoofing mechanisms. Discovered by security researcher Sabri Haddouche, the set of vulnerabilities, dubbed MailSploit, affects Apple Mail (macOS, iOS,…

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Pivoting the fraud conversation to IOT devices and the future of hackable technology

Pivoting the fraud conversation to IOT devices and the future of hackable technology

Last week we wrote about the changing technological landscape of fraud. Moreover, we wrote about the necessary conversation that we should be having about defining and interacting with the ecosystem attached to fraud. An interesting thing about technology in the context of this ecosystem is just how malleable and interchangeable the conversations can be. One day we’re discussing the slew of recent data breaches (read our story on Imgur here) with the following day dedicated…

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Kelowna couple avoid e-transfer scam by bringing cold hard cash to bail out non-existent grandson.

Kelowna couple avoid e-transfer scam by bringing cold hard cash to bail out non-existent grandson.

In a news report released Tuesday, Kelowna RCMP say that an elderly couple narrowly avoided falling victim to an e-transfer scam by bringing physical cash to bail out their grandson who evidently was not behind bars. The couple had taken a call from the “grandson,” who told them he was arrested for impaired driving after he suffered a broken nose in a car accident, the RCMP said in the release. The “grandson” said he was…

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Grey County woman the victim of an “emergency scam,” that cost her $12,000

Grey County woman the victim of an “emergency scam,” that cost her $12,000

A 74-year-old Grey county woman learned on Monday that she’s been the victim of an “emergency scam,” that cost her $12,000. The woman contacted the Owen Sound Police Service after the demands of a person she had befriended on Facebook became too extreme. The woman told police that the individual claimed to have gone to France in order to work and had his supplies held by customs. Starting in August, she was asked to send…

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New Google Chrome extension capable of stealing user information, credit card numbers

New Google Chrome extension capable of stealing user information, credit card numbers

A new google chrome extension, using email and the private messaging service WhatsApp to steal everything from your user data to credit credit card numbers. Following a photo link, the victim is duped into downloading  “whatsapp.exe,” which is essentially the malware dropper file. Once downloaded and opened, a fake Adobe Reader install wizard prompts the victim to specific files full of malware. Notably, the malware attempts to disable Windows firewall and disable multiple roadblocks that…

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Montreal travel agent fraud scams $30,000 in fake vacations

Montreal travel agent fraud scams $30,000 in fake vacations

Victims are being encouraged to come forward in connection with a Montreal scam artist responsible for selling more than $30,000 in fake vacations that didn’t exist. Jessica Luong, 27, is also suspected by Montreal police of selling discounted merchandise that didn’t exist as well as bouncing a cheque to an actual travel agency. It’s alleged that Luong’s most common scam was directed at friends and persuading them to purchase a vacation and recommend they book…

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