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Manitoba police warn that cybercrime is on the rise

Cybercrime is on the rise in Manitoba, according to police

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to an upsurge in cybercrime, police advise individuals to secure their personal information, especially email accounts.
  • The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre had received 29,294 fraud reports as of April 30th. There were 106,875 reports reported throughout the entire year of 2021.
  • A locking mechanism on your phone, according to Thompson, can prevent your data from being accessed if it is misplaced.

Police are reminding people to secure their personal information, including email accounts, due to increased cybercrime.

Officers noticed an increase in online fraud coming up to and throughout the epidemic, and this tendency isn’t decreasing.

“Traditional frauds have gone online, where criminal actors have an ever-expandable reach and also an exponential number of targets,” stated Sgt. Trevor Thompson, Winnipeg supervisor of Police Service’s Financial Crimes Unit. “We regularly receive reports of people who have been victims of various fraudulent scams.”

According to Thompson, most fraud now occurs online, a tendency worsened by the epidemic as people spend more time online.

As of April 30th, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre had received 29,294 fraud reports. For the entire year of 2021, 106,875 reports were submitted.

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People had lost $163.9 million to fraud as of April 2022. For the entire year 2021, $380 million in loss was reported.

According to Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP, 596 cybercrimes involving computer use were reported to Mounties in 2021, compared to 477 instances in 2020.

In an email, Manaigre stated, “The most common event being reported is a fraud, with common themes developing with the use of e-transfers, cryptocurrency investment scams, as well as romance scams.”

Robert Pigeau, a St. Vital resident, says he can tell when something is too good to be true, which has helped him avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

“The first clue is that they want your credit card information or your login passwords,” Pigeau warned. “You should never give that information out.”

The 63-year-old has already been putting that knowledge to good use, sifting out and banning innumerable unsolicited phone calls, emails, texts, and Facebook messages.

He knows not to give it out and warns friends when they try to get it so that no one else becomes a victim.

“So I spread it around so that no one else gets conned, and I warn them not to click on the link,” Pigeau explained. “It’s a bit depressing.” They’re taking advantage of the elderly.”

Cybercrime is on the rise in Manitoba, according to police
Cybercrime is on the rise in Manitoba, according to police. Image from PNC Insights

Email intrusions, according to Thompson, are one of the most common cybercrime schemes right now, in which fraudsters attempt to gain access to your email to gain access to your online banking apps, steal your money, and gain access to your social media platforms to facilitate other fraudulent schemes.

He also stated that ransomware attacks, which typically target larger businesses or government agencies, encrypt data on a network or computer, and demand payment to restore the data, are extremely prevalent.

Pigeau attributes his son’s assistance to keeping him vigilant against the potential of fraud.

“However, some people end up spending all of their savings,” Pigeau remarked. “There are some harrowing stories out there,” says the narrator.

One of the best methods to protect yourself, according to experts, is to never give out personal information to unknown sources, to protect your email accounts by updating your passwords frequently, and never give anyone remote access to your computer.

According to Thompson, having a locking mechanism on your phone can prevent your data from being accessed if lost.

Source: CTV News

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