Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre administrator January 7, 2021 Business Dynamics, January 2021 BD COVID-19 Fraud Alert! December 18, 2020: The CAFC has received reports on scams and frauds linked to COVID-10 vaccines. Do not buy COVID-10 vaccines online or from unauthorized sources. The only way to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is through clinics organized or endorsed by your local public health authority in collaboration with Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments. Refer to Government of Canada COVID-19 health, financial and security resources and if you have questions about getting vaccinated, contact your family physician or local health care providers. Protect yourself, beware of: Potential counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines NewPrivate companies selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the diseaseUnapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal lawsCoronavirus-themed emails and COVID-19 vaccination themed emails that are trying to: Newtrick you into opening malicious attachmentstrick you to reveal sensitive personal and financial detailsUnsolicited calls claiming to be from a private company or health care providers offering home vaccination kits for an up-front fee NewPrivate companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale NewOnly official health care providers can perform the testsNo other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate resultsQuestionable third-party companies offer to help you fill out applications, such as CERBCriminals using your identity to sign-up for CERB and receive paymentsSpoofed government, healthcare or research informationUnsolicited calls, emails and texts requesting urgent action or payment and/or offering medical advice, financial relief, or government assistance and compensationIf you didn’t initiate contact, you don’t know who you’re communicating toNever respond or click on suspicious links and attachmentsNever give out your personal or financial detailsUnauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or researchDon’t be pressured into making a donationVerify that a charity is registeredHigh-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profitThese items may be expired and/or dangerous to your healthQuestionable offers, such as:miracle curesherbal remediesvaccinationsfaster testingFake and deceptive online ads, including:cleaning productshand sanitizersother items in high demand Reported scams Fraudsters are posing as: Phishing, spear phishing and malicious links sent from a familiar email address or text message NewAn email containing links or content related to COVID-19 vaccines and once you click on them it freezes your computer, makes you call a toll-free number and then they demand money from you to unfreeze your accountPhone calls offering home vaccination kits NewA phone call from someone claiming to work for a pharmaceutical company and offering a “6 shot vaccine system” which you receive by mail after paying large sums of moneyLoan and financial service companiesoffering loans, debt consolidation and other financial assistance servicesCleaning or heating companiesoffering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companiesthreatening to disconnect your power for non-paymentCenters for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organizationoffering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhoodPublic Health Agency of Canadagiving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescriptionRed Cross and other known charitiesoffering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donationGovernment departmentssending out coronavirus-themed phishing emailstricking you into opening malicious attachmentstricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial detailsFinancial advisorspressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the diseaseoffering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downsDoor-to-door sales peopleselling household decontamination servicesPrivate companiesoffering fast COVID-19 tests for saleOnly health care providers can perform the testsNo other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate resultsselling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the diseaseUnapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal lawsOffering assistance with filling out CERB applications for a fee Trusted resources and advice Refer to Government of Canada COVID-19 health, financial and security resourcesRefer to Financial Consumer Agency of Canada COVID-19 informationReference the latest health information from these legitimate sources:Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada)Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (World Health Organization)Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questionsMake sure you have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up to dateRefer to the Government of Canada webpages on the Canada Emergency Response BenefitReport any unauthorized credit applications to the associated financial institution and the credit bureaus: Equifax and TransUnion Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.