FROM A NOVEMBER 4, GREY BRUCE OPP MEDIA RELEASE — There are ways to maintain online security and avoid being scammed when shopping online, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Online shopping is convenient and popular with consumers, but it also increases the likelihood shoppers will be financially victimized. Last year, 1179 Ontarians lost more than $1.2 million through online shopping transactions, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. This is nearly half of the total $2.7 million lost by all victims in Canada. These transactions occurred on online shopping, trading, selling, renting and social media sites. So far this year, 607 victims have lost more than $862,000. This number is expected to rise, especially during the holiday buying season.
Here are some ways to stay safe while shopping online:
Personal safety is important, particularly for shoppers who use sites where property transactions are expected to occur in person. A number of OPP detachments are inviting members of the public to use OPP Detachment parking lots to facilitate transactions at designated parking spaces. For more information visit opp.ca/safetrade
For scams and/or fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre If you or someone you know have been a victim of digital or online cybercrime, contact your local police service or local OPP detachment.
Get Cyber Safe is a national, multi-jurisdiction, public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online.
Cyber Security Awareness Month toolkit (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)
Cyber Security Risks (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)
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