Increase in scams and fraud during COVID-19: How to protect yourself

RCMP, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Description / Summary

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) are receiving many reports of criminals trying to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic - they urge Canadians to watch out for frauds and scams. These two organizations and have developed resources which contain information, common examples of scams, and ways to protect yourself/what to do when you receive a scam, for the following: 

  1. Phone and text messaging scams
  2. Email extortion
  3. CERB Scams
  4. Investment scams
  5. Email Phishing
  6. PPE and non-delivery scams

As seniors are often targeted for these scams, the RCMP has shared these resources with Community-Based Seniors Serving (CBSS) groups.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 related fraud by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre COVID-19 Fraud web page