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Quebecers targeted by a fraudulent text message offering a “reward” to vaccinated

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People who receive the fraudulent text message are invited to click on a link that resembles that of the MSSS website, with one difference: one of the dots in the URL is replaced by a dash.

Screenshots shared on social media show that the message is sent by a number with a British Columbia area code. Some of them say they offer a $100 reward for being vaccinated, while others simply mention that the person was selected “allowed participants to win [sic] “.

Clicking on the link redirects us to a web page that looks exactly like the one the recipient of an Interac transfer would see. If we try to deposit the promised $100, we are then redirected to a web page that reproduces that of the chosen financial institution, which invites us to enter our banking information.

Minister Cairo warns the population

In interview at All one morning, Cybersecurity and Digital Minister Éric Caire implored the public not to click on the link in question.

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According to the Minister, it is almost impossible to know the identity of the person or group behind this phishing attempt.

We would have to have a warrant to trace the author of the account. Typically what people do is they go buy a prepaid cell phone, send the text messages, and throw the cell phone away. So you will never trace the author of the text in question, he said.

In addition, websites used to collect victims’ personal data are usually registered anonymously, which complicates the work of authorities, according to Mr. Caire.

The Minister reminded that people who receive fraudulent messages can report them by texting the number 7726. This can allow mobile service providers to block the sending of the messages at the source.

Decryptors.  Marie-Pier Elie, Jeff Yates, Nicholas De Rosa and Alexis De Lancer.
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