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Health

Police in British Columbia warn of COVID-19 vaccine scam

The West Vancouver Police department warned on Thursday that fraudsters are trying to take advantage of people to get their money by using a new scam that is related to the COVID-19 vaccine. In a press release, the West Vancouver »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Fraudsters targeting Canadians more during pandemic

Since the onset of the pandemic, Canadians have spent more money and time online and so, it seems, have fraudsters. Canada’s largest bank, RBC, says cyber criminals are leveraging the pandemic to increasingly gain access to personal and financial data. »

Economy, International, Society

Puppies, COVID-19, crime

Those three words may seem like a strange connection, but something is happening in society to bring them together Since the pandemic has obliged large numbers of people to spend much or most of their time at home isolated and/or »

Health, Society

Coronavirus: Scams, hoaxes, fake sites, and myths

It doesn’t take a crisis for fraudsters, fakers, and general creeps to try to take advantage of people, but it helps. With the current pandemic and fears, lies, myths, scams, fraud has become rampant, and while some of the various »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Jobs scams; frustration, expense, hurt

You’re looking for a job via your computer and the internet, and you get a response. Many sooner or regrettably later find out it’s a scam. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recorded over 1,700 complaints of employment fraud in 2019. Of »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Anti phone-spam/scam regulation for Canada

It’s a worldwide problem that nets scammers untold wealth from unsuspecting and trusting phone users. Telephone scams, along with simple spam, have been increasing dramatically in the last couple of years, and now the Canadian government is ordering companies to »

Society

Remembrance: Poppy campaign scam

Sadly it’s not surprising anymore.  Scammers attempting to profit from an honourable fund raising effort. Now, the Royal Canadian Legion annual poppy campaign for Remembrance Day is the latest target of scammers. The red artificial poppies are handed out by »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Low scam awareness predicts dementia: study

A new study has found that decreased awareness about phone scams may be an early indicator of impending Alzheimer dementia and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment. Researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago tested 151 people for their »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

March is Fraud Prevention Month

Many millions of dollars annually scammed from Canadians Scams and frauds are seemingly more prevalent than ever. This is probably due in no small part to the ease and speed of communication domestically and internationally through our phone and internet »

International, Society

Romance scams increasingly bilking seniors

Canadians have been victims of many kinds of illegal schemes to steal their money and the latest targets recently widowed seniors who use online matchmaking sites. CBC reports the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre found victims of romance scams lost almost $25 »