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Recognize it Report it Stop it March is Fraud Prevention Month

Author: ITS

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Category: General Interest

Every day, millions of people around the world are victims of online financial fraud.lockcards

Cybercrime is one of the Internet’s fastest growing industries, with sophisticated, well-organized criminal groups attempting to steal personal information and banking information to either steal from existing accounts or create new fake ones.

The best way to protect yourself from online fraud is to be aware of the increasing risks from scams, malicious software (or malware for short), and other forms of cyber crime.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month, which first began in 2004 when over 100 law enforcement agencies and private sector organizations came together to tackle the issue of fraud.

How does UNB help fight fraud? 

One way is by educating students, faculty and staff - teaching them safe practices to better protect their personal information and UNB information.

This is done through the online IT Security Awareness Course, developed by UNB and other universities across Canada. The course is 45 minutes to an hour and offers students, faculty, and staff an effective way to strengthen their ability to identify phishing scams, protect against viruses, and how to create strong passwords.

It all starts with recognizing and identifying what is, or could be, fraud. Anything from pop ups to fake emails can be an attempt to steal your information.

Always check the source. If you receive an email with a fishy address that doesn’t match the organization it’s claiming to be AND it’s asking for SIN and credit card information, report it and delete it.

UNB also takes steps to shut down fraud attempts by using sophisticated security tools to detect threats and to take steps to shut down websites used by scammers to steal information. 

Learn more Safe Computing tips at UNB.

For more information on Fraud Prevention Month, visit the Competition Bureau website.