The following are some valuable tips taken from the OPP website :
- Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information.
- Suspects typically include upsetting or exciting (but false) statements in their emails or phone conversations to get people to react immediately.
- They typically ask for information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social insurance or security numbers, etc.
- Their emails are typically NOT personalized, while valid messages from your bank or e-commerce company generally are.
- Don't use the links in an email to get to any web page, if you suspect the message might not be authentic; instead, call the company on the telephone, or log onto the website directly by typing in the Web address in your browser.
- Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information.
- You should only communicate information such as credit card numbers or account information via a secure website or the telephone.
- Always ensure that you're using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information via your Web browser
- To ensure you're on a secure Web server, check the beginning of the Web address in your browsers address bar - it should be "https://" rather than just http://
For more helpful crime prevention tips please visit the OPP website at www.opp.on.ca