Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have turned to the internet for more and more services. There is a huge overlap between fraud and cybercrime. This month, the CAFC asks everyone to take time to learn more about cyber security and how to protect themselves.

Be sure to check this page each week for bulletin updates, follow us on our social media channels, visit Get Cyber Safe for more information and follow them on social media @GetCyberSafe.


Phishing scams are associated with misleading and deceptive emails or text messages, falsely claiming to be from a legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or Government agency. Phishing messages will ask you to click on a link for various reasons. The goal is to steal your personal and/or financial information, which can be used for identity fraud.

Warning signs and how to protect yourself

Protecting your information

Working from home, online banking, and socializing online have all increased opportunities for fraudsters to capture your personal and financial information. Fraudsters use this information to:

It is important that Canadians take steps to secure their personal and financial information and know what to do when identity fraud occurs.




Fraud initiated on social media

Social media was designed to allow users to create and share content, as well as participate in social networking. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre includes frauds initiated through dating websites and applications within this contact method too. Fraudsters will create fake accounts, social media bots, compromise existing accounts and create fraudulent advertisements to scam social media users.

Warning signs and how to protect yourself

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