To help Canadians better protect themselves against fraud, Scotiabank has launched a new online Security Centre, with an introduction to five most common cyber criminals ‘profiles’ included.
Visitors to the bank’s new security centre are invited to watch an introductory video, as well as browse through the following five ‘profiles’ of the cyber suspects using an easy and interactive platform.
- Identity Thief: Wants to steal your personal information to commit fraud or theft
- Phishing Pro: Will try to bait you into disclosing your personal information
- Browser Exploiter: Accesses information through flaws in your computer software.
- Card Skimmer: Wants to duplicate your debit or credit card to take your money.
- Internet Hacker: Breaks into your computer to steal money and spread viruses.
Along with a basic explanation of each type of scam artist, the site provides a list of the common signs to look out for, the dos and don’ts to staying safe, and what steps to take if you suspect that your security has been compromised.
“The best tool against fraud is awareness,” said Stephen Gaskin, vice-president of self-service customer experience at Scotiabank. “The changes we’re making are aimed at helping consumers be even savvier about protecting their personal information when online so that they can recognize and prevent fraud.”