Police warn of rising online fraud cases in Saskatchewan
Internet sites are not as secure as we think, there is always a risk with any information shared online, according to Sergeant Kelley Berting. (archive)
Regina Police are urging people to be vigilant this holiday season as there is an increase in the number of online fraudsters stealing credit card information. credit.
According to police, this phenomenon is quite common throughout the year, but it is more frequent at this time of year.
Websites aren't as secure as we think, there's always a risk with any information shared online, says Sergeant Kelley Berting, who works in the Regina Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit.
“Now is the time to be extra vigilant against all types of scams.
— Kelley Berting, Sergeant with the Regina Police Service
Kelley Berting reiterates the importance of checking credit card statements.
She also recommends consumers avoid unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.
If you are shopping or going to different places and your phone automatically connects to a public Wi-Fi network, which is not password protected, there is a huge risk that your information stolen, says Sergeant Kelley Berting in suggesting looking for a lock symbol in the URL, which confirms the network is secure, when shopping online.
If you're buying a gift card at Christmas, it's always a really good idea to check the card, touch the back of the card and make sure nothing has been added, advises Sergeant Kelley Berting .
Irene Ahner, a Saskatchewan woman who lives on a farm in southwestern Saskatchewan, says she was charged for multiple food orders on the delivery platform of SkipTheDishes meals in Winnipeg.
I called the company I work with and they told me he's had a lot of such complaints lately. They confirmed that I would be credited for these mistaken purchases, says Irene Ahner.
Scammers use random credit card numbers until only one works, according to Irene Ahner.