Scammers are now sourcing information about a person from social media to customize an attack, according to a manager at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).
Jessica Gunson, the acting call centre and intake unit manager at the CAFC said there’s no way to know for sure, but scammers have previously used Facebook and social media to make their phone calls sound more authentic.
“Anywhere your information’s available, you could become a target,” she said. “That’s an avenue the criminals can use, especially when they can really hone in on a specific target.”
In other cases, Gunson said people have used names from online directories, registrations and obituaries.
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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.