#CyberFLASH: Valentine’s Day advice from RCMP: don’t get defrauded

tinderLove is in the air, but so is online dating fraud, warn Nova Scotia RCMP ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The financial crime unit says it sometimes receives calls from people who have been defrauded thousands of dollars from people they’ve met on internet dating sites.

Police say they’ve received reports of suspects who “groom” their victims for months, claiming to be able to get them cars, trucks and off-highway vehicles.

RCMP Cpl. Greg Church says as the relationships develop the suspects take advantage of their victims, often asking their victims to wire them money.

“Once the victim gives the suspect a large sum of money, the suspect mysteriously disappears,” said Church in a release.

“If you have been victimized, don’t let fear of embarrassment stop you from reporting an incident to police as secrecy works to the suspect’s benefit.”

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#CyberFLASH: CIBC customer’s hacked card used in U.S.

cibc-logoA Dartmouth, N.S., man defrauded of almost $500 has been issued a new CIBC debit card after his card was hacked.

Paul Carey is one of some 400 people issued new cards after the breach. No one stole his physical card — he still had it in his wallet when the bank called him Sunday to report someone used it in the U.S. to steal $482.

​“They advised me somehow someone had got a hold of my banking information and had duplicated a card and used that card to access my account and that I was one of 400 people that had been contacted at the Lower Sackville CIBC,” he told CBC News.

He advised other customers to check their statements for irregular activity.

Kevin Dove, spokesman for CIBC, said “proactive monitoring” led the bank to discover that debit cards from a number of banks were compromised when making payments at a retailer in the area. 

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#CyberFLASH: Mock email scam at Justice Canada snares hundreds of bureaucrats


OTTAWA—Many of the Justice Department’s finest legal minds are falling prey to a garden-variety Internet scam.

An internal survey shows almost 2,000 staff were conned into clicking on a phoney “phishing” link in their email, raising questions about the security of sensitive information.

The department launched the mock scam in December as a security exercise, sending emails to 5,000 employees to test their ability to recognize cyber fraud.

The emails looked like genuine communications from government or financial institutions, and contained a link to a fake website that was also made to look like the real thing.

The Justice Department’s mock exercise caught 1,850 people clicking on the phoney embedded links, or 37 per cent of everyone who received the emails.

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#CyberFLASH: ORILLIA ON-Online cottage scam leaves vacationers out in the cold: Police



ORILLIA, ON. — Provincial police are warning the public about an online cottage rental scam that has people believing they are about to start a relaxing vacation one minute, only to learn they are a victim of fraud the next.

Read more on OttawaCitizen.com

Phone and Web fraudsters getting more sophisticated

With new telephone and Internet scams appearing daily, government agencies are cautioning Canadians to be on alert when questioned about their banking information.

The FCAC says these scams are sophisticated and costly, and sound legitimate.

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Winnipeg: Sophisticated ATM scam cracked

MB, CANADA — Police have cracked a highly-organized and sophisticated scam targeting bank card users in Winnipeg but it’s not known how many people were ripped off or for how much.

Read the full article by QMI Agency dated October 1, 2010, here.

Edmonton Internet scam artist hits ‘new low’

AB, CANADA – An Edmonton man who used the Internet to hawk fake drugs to unsuspecting cancer patients was handed a 33-month prison term Wednesday by an Arizona judge.

Read the full article by the Edmonton Journal dated August 26, 2010 here.

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