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AS EASTER APPROACHES, DIGITAL FRAUD INCREASES

Digital Fraud

As Easter quickly approaches, online scammers have began targeting their prey with holiday related ploys. Easter digital fraud scams can come in the many different forms, including fake voucher offerings, personal loans, dubious candy surveys and replica watches. Using the guise of religion, fraudsters target vulnerable digital consumers that are feeling the excitement and holiness of the season.

In recent reports, digital scammers have been cited to create fake charities to elicit donations from unsuspecting donors. These fake websites plead visitors to contribute “as much as their means might allow”, offering up methods of payment such as Paypal. In these cases, fraudsters can steal hundreds of dollars per victim and uncover private personal details which they then can then use to commit identity theft. Personal details may include banking information such as credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. We’ve also heard of a dubious survey for Easter candy that aims to uncover personal details of the victims using the guise of “savings right before the holidays”.

Seven Ways To Protect Yourself This Easter

Investigation Hotline would like to recommend people avoid holiday scams by:

  • Refraining from clicking on shipping notifications from email address that you’ve never interacted with. These alerts may be phishing scams that contain malware, especially in cases where the notifications ask you to download attachments.
  • Unless you recognize the sender, do not open electronic greeting cards. These commonly contain viruses and malware.
  • Whenever you’re shopping online for Easter, make sure that you’re on a secured “https” connection to avoid dubious redirects to fraudster payment gateways.
  • If you are using public Wifi that is unsecured, do not make online purchases. Instead, wait until you’re home or on a secured server that you trust. Hackers commonly attack unsecured servers to uncover important personal information.
  • Install and update trusted anti-virus and malware programs.
  • Be cautious when “liking” suspicious posts and advertisements on social media networks. Often, scammers promote their schemes by soliciting feedback and social interaction of others, pretending to represent legitimate businesses and charities.
  • Never donate money to a charity through email. Only donate to organizations that you trust through their secured websites.

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Jennifer Schneider
2 weeks
A serious error in judgment on my behalf has put me at risk of ID theft. During a phone call I supplied personal info to someone who I believed was with Revenue Canada. Immediately after I realized I had fallen for the CRA scam. Shame on me!  Since the incident I've been frantically taking steps to fend off the dire repercussions that such a mistake can have. This has included: Filing a police report, Filing a report with the Canada Anti Fraud center, Adding flags to my bank accounts, Putting up Fraud alerts on the 2 main credit bureau's. I've even purchased some Identity theft tracker software to monitor my info. I contacted Investigation hotline to see if there was any additional measures I could take. The agent applauded me on the steps I had already taken. They also had knowledge about the CRA phone scam itself that helped settle my nerves somewhat. With all the fear and anxiety I've been enduring for the last while it was assuring to speak with someone familiar with the actual risk potential.
Jennifer Schneider
1 month
I called investigation hotline after I provided somebody a home renovation and they refused to pay, I tried to bring them to court- hired a lawyer and found out I was given false information on the contract. After speaking with Mitch and explaining my situation I felt that he sincerely cared about my case and was quick to find out the information I needed. Within a couple of days, he had all the information I needed. I could not thank Mitch enough. I would highly recommend investigation hotline to anybody as I feel they are experts in the field and act fast and work efficiently. I felt that Mitch had a deep understanding of what I was going through and was empathic and understanding. I could not thank him enough and will be using this service again if needed. Kaitie S
Jennifer Schneider
1 month
I needed help with fining out some information to bring somebody to court. Within a day I had everything I needed to fill out the court papers. I could not thank Mitch and his team enough. I am so glad I stumbled across investigation hotline. I highly recommend contacting Mitch if your looking for this type of service.
Jennifer Schneider
2 months
Apr 02, 2018 I needed an investigator on Sunday Easter Week End. No one cared about the situation except this Company. The investigator was dispatched to the location without minutes. did not care about the Money to be prepaid or secured. The investigator took it personal. He felt of my situation and Specially when it came to my kids issues. My Ex-wife was cheating in a hotel north east of Toronto. He Located her within 1/2 Hour. This a true story; I never thought Investigator cared about the situation but the money.. This company did not care about the money, they finished the job, send me the invoice and i Paid him more than what he asked for. Sometimes money does not mean any thing to some one wants to get a load off his back and find the truth about his wife,,,, FOR SURE THIS COMPANY TOOK A HUGE LOAD OFF MY BACK. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOE MICHIGAN
Jennifer Schneider
6 months
All I can say is that the team at Hotline Investigation is absolutely amazing. They are genuine and care about helping you out in anyway they can! They do their best to ensure the best results. I cannot thank them enough for fixing my situation! The Investigation Hotline is the best choice.
Jennifer Schneider
8 months
Mitchell and his team of Investigators are an really extraordinary professionals. In less than 5 hours after first discussing with Mitchell about my case, Mitchell and his team had solved my case and I got the information I've been searching for some time. I want to emphasize that I am from Serbia and the person who I try found lives in Canada. I really surprised with Mitchell and his team how they quickly my case was solved. I'm really grateful to Mitchell and his team and I do not know what to add yet, thank you, thank you and guys are the best.
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