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Beware of new COVID-19 reported scams

Fraudsters are posing as:

  • Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19
  • Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
  • Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
  • Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation
  • Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
  • Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shutdowns
  • Door-to-door salespeople selling household decontamination services
  • Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale - Only hospitals can perform the tests No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results, selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease, Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws   

For more fraud resources check out: 

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

TransUnion https://www.transunion.ca/assistance/fraud-victims-resources

Competition Bureau https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_00122.html

Or contact your local police service if you feel you have been scammed or defrauded currently.