COVID-19: Scams, frauds and misleading claims

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Current reported scams

There are a number of report scams related to COVID-19:

Known scams related to COVID-19 (Canadian Anti-Fraud Center)

Cybercrime and fraud

As COVID-19 continues to spread, criminals are exploiting the health crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime. They are trying to profit from people’s fear and reliance on technology. Canadians should be cautious of potential COVID-19 scams and other cyber threats involving websites, emails, texts and calls.

Protect yourself

If you become aware of or have been the victim of fraud or cybercrime, including COVID-19 scams and cyber threats, contact your local police and report online to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Fraud Reporting System.

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Potential financial frauds

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, fraudsters will try to take advantage of consumers. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is warning Canadians to be very cautious when receiving emails or text messages that appear to be from a financial institution asking for personal or financial information.

Warning of potential financial fraud

False and misleading claims

We have not approved any product to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. Selling unauthorized health products or making false or misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada. We take this matter very seriously and we are taking action to stop this activity.

Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectant and hand sanitizers that are likely to be effective for use against COVID-19. This list is updated regularly. Although they do not claim to kill viruses such as COVID-19, cleaners play a role in helping limit the transfer of microorganisms.

We encourages anyone who has information regarding potential non-compliant sale or advertising of any health product claiming to treat, prevent or cure COVID-19, to report it using our online complaint form.

Raising awareness of COVID-19 disinformation

The Government of Canada is investing $3 million to help combat false and misleading COVID-19 information as well as the racism and stigmatization that are often the result.

Supporting Canadians to Think Critically About Online Health Information

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