In today's era, our identities and personal information have become more important than ever. This data is highly valuable and there are hostile forces lurking in plain sight that wish to steal this information from you.
Thankfully, most of these scams work through surreptitious means that only work if the victim doesn't know what to look out for.
And that's why we're writing this blog for you today!
Read on for some tips on how you can avoid these schemes and keep your personal info secure.
Be wary of requests for personal information
Most legitimate businesses will not ask for personal information, such as bank account number, in an email or pop-up. Unsolicited requests to provide personal information or go to a website and "update your account" should raise suspicion.
Before giving out any personal information, make sure that the request is legitimate. If unsure, contact the company directly to make sure.
Watch for alarmist email messages
Email messages that promise large sums of money but first require you to pay "inheritance tax" or try to shock, scare or guilt you into sending money are almost certainly scams.
Do not respond to them. Delete them immediately.
Altered web or email addresses
In an effort to look legitimate, scam artists will often register domains that are minor variations on actual domain names, like microssoft.com. Another common tactic is to use a legitimate URL as part of a scam URL, for instance: ebay.scamserver.com.
Misspellings or grammatical errors
Many scams are carried out in countries outside North America where the laws controlling such activities aren't as comprehensive.
Watch for misspelled words or errors in grammar.
Look for the lock
Be sure that any website where you do enter personal or financial information is secure. Such websites will either have addresses that start with "https" or display a small lock icon in the lower right corner of your browser window.
Don't neglect your Antivirus suite!
Make sure your antivirus software is up to date and comes from a reputable source that you trust! Many modern antivirus suites can detect phishing attempts in real time and stop them from reaching you entirely. An ounce of protection is worth a pound of the cure!
As part of our efforts to ensure that you can trust our communications, Rogers will never ask you to provide your personal or account information through email or text.
Should you receive suspicious emails that appear to be sent from Rogers, kindly report them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive a suspicious message, you can also report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).
For suspicious text (SMS) messages, kindly forward them to: 7726 (SPAM).
Good luck and stay safe out there, friends!
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