Videotron Warns of Spike in COVID-19 Phishing Scams
Quebec-based wireless carrier, Videotron, says over the past few weeks, it has seen a surge in COVID-19 related phishing scams and is now warning its customers to “exercise caution”, to avoid falling prey to handing out personal information.
“Unfortunately, fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the current situation to gain access to Quebecers’ personal information,” said Pierre Bonin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Videotron, in a statement.
Fraudsters try to dupe consumers by sending out fraudulent emails, phone calls or text messages, pretending to be a company or from a government agency. These ‘phishing’ attempts try to hijack personal information and steal your identity.
“People need to be alert to phishing attempts and protect themselves. If you have the slightest doubt, do not respond to the message. Take the time to check it out,” added Bonin.
Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians about text scams related to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).