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Phishing

Fraud alert!

July 19, 2022: We have received reports of phishing emails impersonating the CAFC. The emails look like the automated emails sent when we receive a file through our Fraud Reporting System. The email asks you to click on a link or download an attachment to view your report. The CAFC does not provide links to submitted reports. Do not click on the link or download the attachment! If you have received a similar email, report it to the CAFC (https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm).

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent email impersonating the CAFC. This example is in English only but the appearance and gist of the message remain an important warning for all. The emails look like the automated emails sent when the CAFC receive a file through our Fraud Reporting System. The email asks you to click on a link to view your report. This is a malicious link and a fraudulent message.

Scam medium:

  • Email and text

Targeting:

  • Individuals

A scammer sends an email that appears to be from a recognizable institution or company such as a bank or online subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon. The email may claim that you need to update your account or that your tax refund is ready. Whatever the message is, the email is an attempt to trick you into providing your personal or financial information.

Variation: Malicious links

A variation is a phishing email with minimal text that encourages you to click on links or attachments. The email may seem to be a receipt from a recent purchase, a delivery notification, or something more urgent, such as a notice to appear in court. If you click on the link or attachment, your computer is infected with a virus or malware.

Examples of phishing messages

The following images are examples of phishing messages. Never click suspicious links and don't trust that the sender is who they say they are. If you get a message similar to the ones below, report it to the CAFC and then delete the message.

This is a screenshot from a fraudulent text message claiming to be from Rogers and offering you a credit. It says "Hello rogers here 'Y' for credit back."

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent text message claiming to be from the Government of Québec. The text message says (translation): "CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec). An incentive of $500 has been sent to the residents of Québec. See [malicious link] March 25, 2022."

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent text message being sent around. The text says "Your vehicle has an outstanding parking-Infraction that must be settled by 05/13/2022. See" and provides a malicious link for the recipient to click. This is a phishing scam.

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent text message being sent around. The text says "Service Ontario: As you know, we have removed licence plate stickers on all vehicles, so we are giving you back $120.00 CAD. Get hold of it here: [malicious link] *Data rates may apply."

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent text message. The text says "Alberta MMS! We noticed a mistake on your impost because of the recent grant. We sent you $143.70 as a compensation. Get hold of it here [malicious link]"

This is a screenshot of a fraudulent text message claiming to be from the Government of Canada. The text says "Canadian-benefit.gov@outlook.com Subj: 100001 Government of Canada sent you $540.00 (CAD) and the money is waiting to be deposited into your bank account. Message: Government of Canada has started to sending out federal payment by e-Transfer. Click hereto deposit your finds: [malicious link] Reference number: CA2vSg6e Data rates may apply."

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