Do Not Fall For This Canada Emergency Response Benefit Text Message Scam

There’s a text scam involving the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that is meant to help Canadians who lose their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has turned our planet upside down. I first started to hear about it when the Canada Emergency Response Benefit was rolled out, but today this hit home for me as I got one of these scam messages. I took a screen shot of it for you:

I blanked out the URL that was included in the message. But when I clicked it, it took me to a site that asked me to pick my bank and asked me to enter my banking credentials. Clearly this is a phishing scam as no Canadian Government agency would ever ask you for any personal information in this manner. I did some research and I found that some versions of this scam also ask you for your SIN (Social Insurance Number) and your passport number. There’s even a variant that tries to install malware on your computer. That makes this scam highly dangerous. Thus if you get one of these messages, delete it and don’t click on the link and keep yourself safe.

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