National Justice Network Update

March 2020

Volume 26, Issue 3

Fraudsters Using Coronavirus to Target Victims in Canada, CAFC Warns

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is warning Canadians to be vigilant online when trying to take precautions against COVID-19. The CAFC states that “Fraudsters want to profit from consumer’s fears, uncertainties, and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime.”

The CAFC notes that Canadians should be wary of “spoofed government, healthcare or research information, and of unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment.” Canadians should also be aware of what products they are buying, as “high-priced or low-quality products bought in bulk by consumers and resold for profit… may be expired and/or dangerous to your health.” Offers that should raise concern for individuals include miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations, and faster testing.

Some of the scams reported by the CAFC include:

The full CAFC Bulletin on COVID-19 Fraud can be found here: COVID-19 Fraud Bulletin