CBSA warns Cana­di­ans about phish­ing scams

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Glacier Me­dia

The Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency is warn­ing the pub­lic about peo­ple posing as of­fi­cials from the agency, who are asking for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, in a se­ries of on­go­ing phish­ing scams.

The scams take the form of email, text mes­sages or tele­phone calls asking for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing so­cial in­sur­ance num­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­lease, these scams use false CBSA in­for­ma­tion to make it ap­pear that the scam­mers are le­git­i­mate agency of­fi­cials. Tele­phone num­bers and em­ployee names may ap­pear to be from the CBSA, while mails may dis­play CBSA lo­gos and email ad­dresses to mis­lead read­ers.

While the meth­ods used by the scam­mers, and the ra­tio­nal they pro­vide to jus­tify con­tin­ued con­tact with vic­tims, are var­ied and ever-chang­ing, ac­cord­ing to the CBSA, they are al­ways de­signed to lure the pub­lic into pro­vid­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

CBSA is re­mind­ing the pub­lic that the agency never re­quests SIN or credit card num­bers by tele­phone or email.

If any­one re­ceives a tele­phone call or an email asking for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or re­quest­ing pay­ments from the CBSA, it is a scam.

The CBSA is asking any­one who re­ceives these calls to re­port to the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre.

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