London police warn of recent technology oriented fraud scams

Identity thieves are always looking for new ways to strike, and taking advantage of new technologies is a windfall for scamming unsuspecting users.

“Phishing” scams send emails that look legitimate, requesting that your “account information needs to be updated.” Recipients are sent to a phony, but legitimate looking website and prompted to enter their information details. 

“Vishing” attacks come via telephone, usually through a recorded message that tells users to call a toll-free number. The caller is then typically asked to punch in a credit card number or other personal information.

“Smishing” scams target mobile device users, sending text messages that might ask a recipient to register for a service that downloads a virus, or warn that the consumer will be charged unless he cancels his supposed order by going to a website that then extracts such credit card numbers and other private data. 

These are all tactics to get you to reveal personal or financial information. If you receive these messages:

 Delete them and do not click on any links.
 Hang up on callers you aren’t familiar with.
 Never give credit information online or over the phone, unless you are sure of the identity of the caller. 

If one being a victim of ID theft, call your financial institutions to have them cancel your cards and re-issue new ones. Contact the local police and Canada’s main credit reporting agencies.

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