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 »  Home  »  Business & Finance  »  Computers & Tech  »  Peel Police Public Advisory Internet Fraud
Peel Police Public Advisory Internet Fraud
By Peel Regional Police | Published  07/19/2007 | Computers & Tech | Rating:
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Peel Regional Police, in partnership with the community will strive to create a safe environment in which to live, work, and visit. In carrying out our MISSION, members will strive to: • Protect human life as the highest priority. • Maintain the highest ethical and legal standards. • Treat all people with dignity. • Solve problems, prevent crime, maintain public order, and apprehend criminals. • Pursue the highest standards of professionalism in policing. Peel Regional Police Headquarters is located at 7750 Hurontario Street in Brampton. Phone Number: (905) 453-3311.

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Peel - The Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau is reminding people to be alert to possible frauds involving the internet. Phishing is a term used when fraud culprits create clandestine web sites that mimic the websites of legitimate organizations such as banks and other financial institutions. These fraudulent websites trick victims into providing banking information, passwords, personal data, etc. to the culprits. 

The most common method that culprits use to trick individuals into visiting their fraudulent websites is to send mass e-mails out to potential victims. These e-mails pretend to be from legitimate organizations and instruct potential victims to select a link. The links take victims to the fraudulent websites. The website, appearing to be legitimate, instructs victims to enter their personal information and passwords. 

The logos utilized on websites of financial institutions are typical of those fraudulently portrayed by fraud culprits. 

The Fraud Bureau recommends that you:

  • Be suspicious of any websites with urgent requests for your personal financial information and/or one that includes threats of termination of online accounts. Culprits frequently ask for usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information. 
  • When attending your institutions website, use links that you are familiar with (e.g.; from within your browser's "favourites" section, your bank card, monthly account statements, etc.) and do not select a link contained in an unsolicited e-mail.  
  • When submitting credit card information, ensure the link you are at starts with https:// and not "http://". 
  • When entering sensitive information – ensure that the "lock" symbol is present at the bottom of your browser's screen.
  • Avoid filling out forms in unsolicited e-mails or pop-up windows. 
  • Maintain up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software may block malicious software from redirecting your computer to fraudulent sites. 
  • If your institutions webpage has changed since your last visit – be suspicious and make personal contact with a representative of your institution. 

Peel Regional Police consider personal safety to be of optimum importance. We encourage the public to take steps to ensure their safety at all times. Further information can be obtained at http://www.phonebusters.com/, by calling the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453-2121, Ext. 3335, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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