Protect Yourself From Email Fraud
It’s hard to imagine going through an entire day without using email or being online. Doing business online is now the standard, and – for most of us – the internet is part of our daily personal lives.
When you add the fact that working remotely is now becoming far more common, it’s important for individuals and businesses alike to be aware of the ways cyber criminals are taking advantage of the situation.
Internet fraudsters often use email or websites to impersonate well-known businesses or familiar people online. Their goal is to convincingly manipulate their targets (such as leading them to reveal passwords or financial information) in a practice known as email fraud or phishing. They may use upsetting or sensational information to demand an urgent response.
A legitimate source will never ask you to provide sensitive information through email. If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond or click any links it may contain. Instead:
- If you’re using a work email address, alert your manager or IT person immediately.
- If you’ve been targeted through your personal account, mark it as Spam. If the fraudulent message is insurance-related, you may submit a confidential tip online through IBC.ca or call 1-877-IBC-TIPS (1-877-422-8477). Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.