Cyber security

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March 9, 2022

VIU IT department shares their top tips to protect yourself

Phishing, gift card scams, fake email address, text messages pretending to be your boss - call it what you will but this type of fraud cost Canadians $54 Million last year.  

The good news is that most frauds can be prevented by being aware of the methods used by fraudsters and spotting them early. 

  • STOP, THINK, then ACT. 
  • Be Politely Paranoid 
  • If you didn't initiate contact, you don't know who you're communicating with 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials or confirm claims BEFORE you agree to anything 

Watch for email warning signs, like 

  • Urgent or threatening language 
  • Unexpected delivery notices or receipts 
  • Strange links or attachments 

Read real examples of fake emails

The war in Ukraine is also being waged online, phishing from Russia jumped eight-fold on Feb 27, 2022. 

Protect yourself from this new wave of phishing attacks. 

Feeling confident?  Give this new Fraud Prevention quiz a go! 

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