According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, $1.2 million has been lost to scammers by Canadians within the name of corona virus-related scams during the pandemic.

In between the time from 6th March to 1st May, the centre has received an awesome 766 reports associated with the pandemic, with 188 of these fraud attempts being successful.

These scams have emerged in many different forms, from phone calls to emails to texts, the centre’s representative, Jeff Thompson, said on the toilet Oakley Show.

He said that scammers try to profit from the fear and stress widespread thanks to the pandemic. Thompson alerts one among the foremost prevalent COVID-19 scams may be a text message that asks you to click on a link and fill in your personal information, including SIN number, on a spoofed website of Canada’s Government get the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

However, Thompson says that the sole thanks to getting the CERB is by visiting the official Canadian government website. “The Canadian government won’t send these sorts of texts,” he said. “That’s the large [scam] we’re seeing.” Another scam is an extortion email claiming to capture the victim on camera performing sexual acts.

If they are doing not pay, the scammers will release the video to friends and family. Thompson says scammers also are taking advantage of the demand for private protective equipment like hand sanitiser or face masks, also as test kits. for instance, he said survey scams might offer a free mask after completing the survey, but to receive it means entering your Mastercard information for delivery.“Effectively, you’re signed up for a subscription trap,” he said. “Next thing you recognize, you’re receiving charges on your Mastercard month over month.”

He says the primary step is to understand the sorts of scams out there by visiting the Anti-Fraud Centre website. There also are some tricks to catch frauds. If shopping online, confirm you’re buying from a reputable company by researching it and check for the complaints posted on the website.

Thompson says there are many reports of some sellers offering too-good-to-be-true sales as more shoppers are turning online, but items are never delivered. “Stop and think,” Thompson said. “Confirm everything, do your due diligence.” Many scams will push you to require urgent action, so recognition is vital, Thompson said, also as not reacting too impulsively.

If you’ll recognise a scam, then the subsequent step is to reject it. Finally, at the top of the day, Thompson wants you to report the scam to your local police or the Canadian Fraud Centre. “Reporting is vital,” he said. “If people aren’t reporting, we don’t know what’s happening and can’t spread the word.”