Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – The Northwest Territories RCMP are warning residents of a text message-based scam that is targeting those affected by wildfires. RCMP have received concerns about messages that purport to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and reference a “Canada Relief Fund”. These messages are not from a legitimate source and residents are encouraged not to click on the link or provide any personal information in response to these messages. Clicking on links in text messages from unknown sources can potentially expose cell phone users to inadvertently downloading malicious software that can compromise your personal information. Residents are reminded that all benefits that relate to wildfire evacuation relief or support, require you to apply for them. If you have not applied for financial support from a specific agency but then receive unsolicited correspondence, it is likely a scam.
Residents are encouraged to use reliable sources of information for what is available to those affected by wildfire evacuations. If you are unsure about correspondence you have received from an agency, call them and confirm that the messages are legitimate. Information about financial support through the Government of the Northwest Territories can be found HERE.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center also provides information about past and current scams affecting Canadians.
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