Phish­ing is not a des­ig­nated Games sport

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The Host So­ci­ety of the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games would like to re­mind spec­ta­tors, ath­letes, coaches and their fans, to be mind­ful when pro­vid­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to third par­ties and to en­sure their sources of Games in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cially on­line, are authentic.

“The dig­i­tal foot­print that’s been cre­ated by the Games is large,” ex­plains co-di­rec­tor of me­dia, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pro­mo­tions, Car­rie Voy­sey, “Un­for­tu­nately, there are peo­ple out there that are look­ing to take ad­van­tage of that.”

The 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games have an of­fi­cial website (www.2019wcsg. ca) along with Twit­ter, In­sta­gram, (@2019wcsg) and Face­book (2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games Swift Cur­rent) ac­counts. Since the start of the Games on Au­gust 9, fake events have been cre­ated (on Face­book) which claim to pro­vide live feeds of not only the Open­ing Cer­e­monies (for a fee), but other sports as well.

“We pro­vided a free live feed for the Open­ing Cer­e­monies,” ex­plained Voy­sey, “and are un­able to pro­vide feeds for any of the sport­ing events. If some­one is of­fer­ing that, or wants you to pay for it, you will know they are not a solid source and are phish­ing for in­for­ma­tion.”

Phish­ing is a fraud­u­lent at­tempt to ob­tain sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion such as credit card num­bers, dates of birth and pass­words, while pos­ing as an authentic, trust­wor­thy en­tity. “It’s get­ting more dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish a fraud from the real deal,” says Voy­sey. “Usu­ally, by tak­ing a close look at the lo­ca­tion, the website do­main or email ad­dress, you will know if the source of in­for­ma­tion is le­git­i­mate. The logo is usu­ally not cor­rect ei­ther.”

In­di­vid­u­als that have ques­tions about on­line in­for­ma­tion sources for the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games are invited to con­tact me­[email protected] or call 306-741-5346 for con­fir­ma­tion.

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