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You: Omg! Someone just stole all my information!
Adulthood: Welcome to the world of identity theft.
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I know no one wants to think they could ever be a victim of fraud however the reality is thousands of Canadians lost more than 10 million dollars to identity fraud in 2014 and authorities say this figure is on the rise year after year. The sad thing is some Canadians do not even know they are the victim of fraud until something extreme happens.
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A Canadian SIN card was seen being sold out of China for $173.
March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and it's timely to remind Canadians that everyone is vulnerable and that vigilance, knowledge and the confidence to fight back are powerful deterrents to fraud. A 2016 survey from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) demonstrates deeply held concerns about fraud and identity theft.
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The biggest bank in Canada says it accidentally mailed hundreds of incorrect RRSP receipts to the wrong customers, exposing the names, addresses and social insurance numbers of those clients in the pr...
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According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), mass marketing fraud is an enormous business that consistently claims victims who have not taken the time to verify with whom they are dealing. In fact, the CAFC says the surest way to avoid fraud is to verify, verify, verify.
As a frequent flyer, and having relocated to two different countries in as many years, I am always hyper aware of where the important things are. Whether in transit or working at a local café, I am constantly checking that I am in possession of three things at all times - my smartphone, my wallet and my MacBook Air.
Meghann Johnston has seen her RBC bank accounts looted three times by someone who stole her identity. The fraudsters walked away with tens of thousands of dollars. Johnston calls it "an incredi...
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- especially for online scammers. With holiday shopping also comes the downside of scams that are aimed at frugal shoppers trying to stretch their dollars. Contrary to the season of giving, these fraudulent tricks are aimed at taking your identity and financial information, and for scammers to thrive.
BURNABY, B.C. - Police believe three suspects used stolen mail such as driver's licences, wills and immigration documents to commit fraud against about 200 people across the Metro Vancouver region.RCM...
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A major credit card scam that goes after users' reward points has been uncovered by Vancouver police. Daniel Adam Suchecki, 34, and Christa Dawn Hucal, 25, the alleged ring leaders, have been charged...
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All the tools I recommend are open source, means you don't have to trust me, you can download the source code and look at it yourself before using it. They are absolutely required for protecting your personal, and business data from unauthorized eavesdropping, which happens by default for anything you do online.
Check the list below to see if your four-digit password is on this list, and if so, please change it to something more random, secure and less crackable. After all, there is a pool of 10,000 different combinations available from which to select a 4-digit pin and yet the same passwords are repeatedly selected by the general population.
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It's worth noting perhaps that my career has been around privacy and security, and so this really flustered me. After years of loyal service, when I've already provided AirBnB with access to my home address, phone number, and social media accounts, they've taken it a step further and decided that wasn't enough.
NANAIMO, B.C. - Police in Nanaimo, B.C., say a couple accused of dozens of property-related offences in central and south Vancouver Island hired others to break into cars and steal items — especially...
It seems impossible to think that the answer is HealthCare.gov is just too secure for hackers to break in. After all, no one can write "500 million lines" of code (assuming that figure is correct) without making a few mistakes. There's just no way that software vulnerabilities, which hackers can use to break in, aren't part of the mix.
A Vancouver Island woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars from her employer over the course of 10 years. Corrina Dawne Dreger, 46, of P...
One and a half million people are victims of cybercrime everyday -- that's 18 incidents per second! While we can't protect the contents of your wallet from your own online spending, we can help protect it from the hands of thieves. Here are some tips to ensure you have a pleasant and safe online shopping experience.
One of the beautiful — and frustrating things — about technology is that it's always changing. Case in point: identity theft. Once relegated to the realm of online scams phishing for internet users'...
"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me" ... an online scammer who stole all my mo-ney. This sounds like the worst holiday shopping experience (and song) ever, but according to a new...
Criminals are increasingly using stolen social insurance numbers and doctored birth certificates to obtain legitimate driver's licences and passports, an internal RCMP report says.And by leveraging pi...
Police in British Columbia say they've busted a huge identity theft operation covering the entire Metro Vancouver area after finding tens of thousands of stolen IDs and credit cards at a residence in...