Peachland issues warning about fake emails using town information – Okanagan

Beware of fraudulent emails from Peachland.
That’s the warning the District of Peachland issued on Friday, saying it’s been made aware of fake emails supposedly originating from the town.“The District urges people to be cautious of phishing scam emails,” a public service announcement said on Friday.“They are attempts to steal personal information from you by using emails that appear to be from trusted sources.”

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To avoid being scammed, the district says there can be clues an email isn’t legitimate, including: Story continues below advertisement

Urgent or threatening languageMisspellings and grammatical errorsUnsolicited links and attachmentsRequests for personal informationDiscrepancies in email addresses and domain namesThe district says residents should delete any suspicious emails.Police across the nation have issued multiple statements recently regarding unsolicited emails.

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“Phishing scams have gained in popularity in recent years, and are ploys by fraudsters to obtain an unsuspecting person’s personal or financial information,” said the RCMP.

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To gain that information, fraudsters use these common methods:By email or a website with a fake name (spoofing)An urgent requestOffers of money or refundsRequests to click linksRequests to fill out forms onlineRequests to scan a QR code“Fraudsters will usually pose as a trusted entity, such as a government agency or your financial institution,” said the RCMP. Story continues below advertisement

“Once a victim’s personal information is obtained, the information can be used to commit other frauds.”As an example, police said a fraudster can create fake identity documents with a victim’s name and personal details on it.

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“They can subsequently apply for credit in the victim’s name and disappear with the money,” said the RCMP.

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Like the District of Peachland, police say don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited messages by text, email or social media, and to look for spelling errors.“Don’t trust messages just because the email address looks legitimate,” said the RCMP.“Keep in mind no government or law enforcement agency will ever contact you to offer funds via email or e-transfer.” Story continues below advertisement

More information about scams and fraud is available on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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