Scam alert: Fraudsters are pretending to be Canada Post to secure your personal info

Scam alert: Fraudsters are pretending to be Canada Post to secure your personal info

Everyone beware, Canada Post phishing scams are picking up traffic as of late.

Phishing refers to the fraudulent practice of sending emails, while acting as a reputable company with the intention of having individuals share personal information, such as credit card numbers and passwords.

In this case, fraudsters are acting as Canada Post.

“Canada Post takes online security very seriously,” said a spokesperson in a statement to Yahoo Canada. “Unfortunately, malicious phishing emails and texts circulate from time to time, and we recommend that customers delete any suspicious emails or texts containing a link or file and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.”

For those who are receiving messages from “Canada Post” they should know that “they do not contact you by email unless you have requested it.” Canada Post also posted a blog entry on Jan. 16, which includes more tips that will help you protect yourself against “brand-spoofing fraudsters.”

The info is not yet common knowledge, so people are taking to Twitter to air their worries, before the phishing trend grows even more dangerous.

In some cases, it’s not only been emails and texts, some have also been targeted by contests and promotions:

There have also been attempts by secondary parties who are trying to validate themselves by pointing to Canada Post as a partner in the equation.

Among all the scams, it comes as no surprise that some are being executed through the phone, either with a call or text, as also reported by the Victoria News:

If anything, it’s safe to say that these scammers have some courage, they’re even trying to trick Ontario’s Port Hope Police.

As a tip, customers should heed this important advice: Canada Post will never “send unsolicited emails asking for your credit card number, account or invoice numbers, address or passwords.”