Warning signs to help you recognize spam
(NC)—Canada's new anti-spam law is meant to give business owners and consumers more confidence in the electronic marketplace, when using any electronic device such as a mobile phone, smartphone, tablet, or computer. Spam is also used as the vehicle for the delivery of other online threats such as spyware, phishing and malware. However, as not all threats will be eliminated, Canadians still need to take steps to protect themselves.
For help, including tips and tools, go to the Government of Canada's website www.fightspam.gc.ca. For example, the infographic: Worried It's Spam? 5 Things To Look For outlines key warning signs to help you recognize a spam message. Be cautious if one or more of the following five features are contained in the electronic messages you receive:
• It asks for sensitive information: Banks and other legitimate companies will never ask for personal or financial information in an electronic message.
• It impersonates a company or a person you know: Many criminals try to fake the appearance of well-known companies or people you deal with frequently. Look for the warning signs in this list, even from senders you think you recognize.
• It uses scare tactics: They may threaten to delete your account if you do not respond.
• It asks for money in advance: Do not send money to anyone you do not know and trust.
• It seems too good to be true: Beware of messages offering unexpected cash gifts and prizes such as, “You've won a trip!”
You will also find the Mobile Protection Toolbox at www.fightspam.gc.ca which can assist you in recognizing and stopping threats to handheld services and devices.
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