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RCMP issue warning about CERB text scam

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May 08, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Mounties are cautioning the public that COVID-19 scams are still surfacing in the Central Okanagan.

"Be on guard against COVID-19 scams that have been developing since the onset of the pandemic," Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a press release.

"In particular, we have received numerous complaints in the past few days regarding a CERB text scam."

READ MORE: B.C. police warn public COVID-19 scams on the rise

In this scam a text message is sent to a phone indicating that the recipient had received a deposit for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and includes a link or attachment to follow. By clicking on the link the victim may either allow malware to be installed on their device, or may be taken to a webpage where they will be asked to divulge personal information which will lead to identity theft.

If you receive this text, do NOT click on any links or attachments. Delete the text immediately. You can report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

If you provided information and believe yourself to have been a victim of this scam:

  1. Report it to your local police
  2. Call Equifax Canada (1-800-465-7166)
  3. Call TransUnion Canada (1-877-525-3823)

To learn more about COVID-19 scams check out this RCMP webpage.

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