Cybersecurity During the Pandemic


Cybersecurity is an ongoing and very serious issue on a regular day, but there has been a huge spike in cyber scams during this coronavirus pandemic. It is extremely important that we stay exceedingly vigilant against those seeking to commit fraud and take advantage of us during these very stressful times.

Fraudsters are looking to use the fear and uncertainty people are experiencing right now to launch phishing attacks to gather personal information or commit other scams. There are reports that phishing emails are up 667% in under a month. There has also been a significant increase in the number of new website registrations that reference COVID-19/coronavirus, many of which will not be legitimate. Scams proliferating from the coronavirus outbreak have included fraudulent charity websites, sites selling fake vaccines and cures, and infection-tracking sites that deliver malware. Other scams have fraudsters contacting people by phone, text message or email with the following types of fraudulent communications:

  • Medical Advice Emails
  • Corporate Policy Emails
  • Business Email Compromise
  • Fake Deceptive Online Ads
  • Malicious Email Campaigns
  • Questionable Offers
  • Fraudulent Charities Requests
  • Cleaning Services
  • Spoofed Government, Healthcare or Research

These communications may look legitimate at first glance, but likely contain spelling or grammar mistakes, links to websites that are not an organization’s official website, and usually convey a sense of urgency. Learn more about how to recognize scam emails. 

When you receive a communication that you suspect is fraudulent, protect yourself and your accounts and delete the email, text message, or hang up the phone. If you have any doubts about a communication you’ve received, do not click any links in the text message or email, and visit the organization’s website by typing it into your browser. There, you will find the appropriate contact information you can use in order to determine if a communication is legitimate or fraudulent.

Use this infographic to help determine if an email is real or if it is a phishing scam.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation, ensure you visit trusted websites such as the Government of Manitoba website and Health Canada.

At Cambrian, we do our utmost to protect you and will never send emails or texts asking you for any personal information.

To further protect your accounts, we ask that all members enable Two-Factor Authentication, which helps protect your online accounts from hackers by adding an extra layer of security when logging on from an unrecognized device. Instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll also enter a code which is sent via text message to your mobile phone or sent to an email address. Learn how to set up Two-Factor Authentication by clicking here