December is the season to deliver. Millions of people around the world will be doing their Christmas shopping online and that means companies like Amazon, DHL, UPS, and even Canada Post will be doing double duty to make sure people get their presents under the tree on time.
Hard to tell the difference between real and fraudulent communication
However, BBB has seen an increase in the amount of fake ‘spearphishing’ emails clogging up our inboxes and junk mail folders this season. Spearphishing is the term given to fake emails that disguise themselves as legit companies. “Amazon is the big one right now,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. “It’s very easy for crooks to set these up and there are so many floating around that it’s often hard to tell the difference between real and fraudulent communication. We have seen several other big players in the delivery industry being used fraudulently as well.”
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Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.