Shopping online for Black Friday? Beware of cyber threats, warn federal partners – National

Canadians are urged to watch for cyber threats when shopping online during 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) warned against getting let “take by excitement”.

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

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

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In 2021, for example, the CAFC said fraud associated with buying or selling goods or services online accounted for more than $21.1 million in reported losses.

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

According to the Get Cyber ​​Safe campaign, there are also ways to avoid getting scammed by recognizing some important signs, such as prices that are too low and poorly designed sites.

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Some of the red flags to watch out for also include checkout processes that seem overly complicated or stores that lack key information or those that lack security features.

“The majority of legitimate retailers will always have an appropriate return policy, privacy policy and contact information for the business,” the statement said.

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Regarding security features, “a padlock symbol next to the URL in the address bar that is open or missing indicates that the website data is not secure” and consumers should not buy there, the statement added.

Another thing to watch out for is “typo or errors in the store URL”.

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“Scams, fraud and cybercrime are significant issues that have a real impact on individuals, businesses and organizations in Canada and around the world. Unfortunately, fraudsters and cybercriminals are using holiday promotions to continue to victimize people,” Chris Lynam, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center and National Cybercrime Coordination Center, said in the release.

“The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to learn what fraud and cybercrime look like and report it,” he added.

Federal partners are also advising anyone who is a victim of cybercrime, fraud or scam to contact their local law enforcement immediately.

The CAFC also said it was important for Canadians to report a case, whether they were victims or not, to the agency through their online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

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