Police warn of scammers selling phishy stress relief

Kingston Police are warning residents about a phishing scam that offers deals too good to be true.

“For many people, the past two years have been some of the most stressful years of their lives. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are trying to use this stress to their advantage by creating fake promotions for CBD products,” said Kingston Police in a release.

“CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a popular natural remedy that some people believe can reduce stress and help you relax. Cybercriminals are sending a variety of phishing emails that advertise unbelievable deals on CBD products,” Kingston Police continued.

According to police, these emails include tactics that evade email filters, such as safe links that redirect you to a malicious website.

“Falling for one of these CBD scams could result in stolen money, a breach of sensitive information, or even malware installed onto your system,” Kingston Police said.

Kingston Police advise residents to follow the following tips to stay safe from similar scams:

• Cybercriminals target your emotions and mental state in hopes of tricking you into acting impulsively. Always think before you click.
• Be cautious of advertisements that promise outrageous deals on CBD or other high-demand products. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
• Regardless of what you are buying, always shop from well-known and trusted retailers. If you haven’t shopped from a retailer before, look up reviews and customer feedback before you buy their product.

“Stop, look, and think. Don’t be fooled by the scammers.,” Kingston Police said.

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