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"CRA" Phone Scam Do NOT Call The Reply # Given

VISA Phone scam Claims your card used in India. They have last 4 digits and your address and want you to give them rest of card number
Do NOT give rest of card number. Say you will call Visa or bank to discuss - should cause immediate hangup.

Stars Lottery "Winner" Scam
RCMP say a man purporting to be from the lottery told people they had to send in money to claim a prize.
STARS Lottery said it would never ask for funds to claim prizes.
If you receive a suspicious call, email or text, RCMP say DO NOT provide any personal information and to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Anyone with information regarding the STARS scam is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Website

CRA telephone scam
Recent version very aggressive and threatening.
If you are approached by anyone claiming to represent CRA and demanding immediate payment, call RCMP immediately, meet no-one, pay nothing.

Netflix Phishing emails
Traffic Ticket Email Virus Scam

Do NOT Click On Anything.
If Reporting, Take A Screen Image Including Headers

Phony Bank Inspector Robs Canmore Senior
If approached, notify bank immediately.
Do NOT hand over any cash or information.

You may wish to send details to

"You Are Funding Terrorism"
Scam is very thorough and convincing

Shadow Profiles - illicit data collecting by social media you don't even use. Very spooky.

Email Malware Warning
Do Not Click On or Links In Email Like This

Scam Alert:   Phishers Targeting All Apple Products

UK Crime Stoppers Summary of Scams and Frauds

If you receive an e-mail stating that inserting your PIN number in reverse at an ATM will alert police, please be aware that this is a HOAX. We ask you not to circulate this e-mail to others. For more information see the Cashpoint Fraud section on our website Here (under PIN reversal scam)

This is UK but only a matter of time before it appears here.

Link below connects to a really good resource


2014 Aug

Hackers Take Control of Home Routers


New Google Scam Is Well Disguised

(More Here)

Email and Telephone Scams

Seniors have received telephone and email messages claiming to be from service providers such as Telus, and telling them to change their email password to one provided by the caller or to click on a link to do account maintenance.

DO NOT COMPLY or confirm any personal information

Skimmers on ATM and Point of Sale (POS) Machines

As a follow-up to his recent presentation, Rick Thrale has shared

This Link detailing POS data theft.

Scary stuff that affects us all.

Computer Scam Costs Senior $175K

Click for Story

CD of Rick Thrale's Talk

Can now be borrowed from the office

WhatsApp or Priyanka Virus

Multiple members have received emails like this.
Do NOT open or click on any content.
It is using members' personal contact lists to spread itself but must be deliberately clicked to be activated.
Kaspersky Labs reports a version that spreads financial malware Trojans.
There is also spam circulating that assures the reader that the spam is not spam - this has become a common ruse by spammers and should be a major red flag. ('trust me, I'm a .....')
screen grab

Good write-up at hackernews

or read pdf here

Google "whatsapp virus" for more information sources, but beware of scammers trying to sell filters and cures which may be loaded with malware. Wiki and big security companies like Kaspersky and Norton have good write ups.

2015 Mar 06

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