The internet has given us access to vast amounts of information. How valid or truthful some of this information is can be hard to gauge. Use caution when posting information about yourself online, and only make purchases or payments through reputable sites.

To check if a website is secure, look for a picture of a closed padlock. This padlock is NOT a picture on the website, but is an icon, usually in the address bar at the top of the screen, or on the bottom bar of the web browser. When this icon is clicked,
security information about the website can be viewed. This guarantees that you can make purchases or put your information into this website safely.

Also, when you are making payments, check the address bar, the “http://” part of the address will have an 's' in it: “ https://”. This is another indicator that your information will be safe on this site.

If you are not sure if a website is secure for making payments, and you want to make a payment over the internet, use a third person site such as PayPal. This way, the other party never gets access to your personal banking information.

Tips On Preventing Internet Fraud

  • Companies like your bank or your insurance agency will never email you asking for personal information. If an email like this is received from a company you deal with, call the company and ask them about the email, then report it to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre.    
  • Pay, and receive, only the exact amount for anything you buy or sell online. If a purchaser sends you the wrong amount, cancel the transaction and get them to try it again. Never give any money back to someone who has paid you too much for something.
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