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Kingston Police warn phishing scams at all-time high

The following is a message from Kingston Police regarding phishing scams and social engineering: The prevalence of phishing scams is at an all-time high. Because you are the key to preventing a cyberattack within your home or your organization, it is important to question the legitimacy of every email you

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Kingston Police warn of romance scam targeting single men over social media

Kingston Police are warning the public of a romance scam using a female voice to target single men. “In a recent phishing attack that targets single men, cybercriminals show us how they use modern technology to trick their victims,” said Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer, C.O.R.E. Unit. “The scam

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Kingston Police warn of cybercriminals using PDF files as a new phishing lure

Kingston Police say cybercriminals have a new favorite phishing lure: PDF files. A PDF is a standard file type that presents text and images in their original format regardless of which program you use to open the file. PDF documents can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, and video

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MOH, OPP assisting in investigation of suspected ransomware attack at Kingston hospital

A number of government agencies are assisting in the investigation into a suspected ransomware attack at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, according to the Ministry of Health. “The Ministry of Health is aware of a potential REvil Ransomware incident at Kingston Health Science Centre. Kingston Health Science Centre is continuing to

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Police warn Zoom users about new email scam

Kingston Police are warning Zoom users about fake emails telling them their account has been suspended. The scam convinces people to reveal details such as their login credentials, potentially putting both their personal privacy and their employer’s network at risk. The group video conferencing app Zoom has surged to popularity

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Kingston Police warn of scammers exploiting COVID-19 pandemic

Kingston Police continue to alert the community of scams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this time reporting a recent phishing attack brought to their attention. In recently-reported coronavirus-themed phishing attacks, criminals are using email to send victims which appear to be from a hospital. The emails warn the victim that

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Police warn of phishing attacks using work benefits, raises as bait

As Crime Prevention Week 2019 continues, Kingston Police are warning the public about a new scam that has recently been brought to their attention which involves phishing attacks that use employee benefits and pay raises as bait. According to Kingston Police, the scammers are aware that annual pay raises and

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Kingston Police warn of ‘smishing’ fraud from alleged mobile carriers

Local police would like the public to be aware that online phishing scams don’t only occur via email – internet criminals also send text messages in an attempt to scam. The use of text messages or short message service (SMS) for phishing attempts is known as “smishing,” Kingston Police said

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Kingston Police warm of email ‘unsubscribe’ scam

Many people have found themselves going through their email inbox and looking to ‘unsubscribe’ from mailing lists, however, a recent uptick in a phishing scam involving an ‘unsubscribe’ emails has prompted Kingston Police to bring the scam to the public’s attention. According to Kingston Police, the scammers send emails appearing

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Kingston Police warn of scams related to Capital One data breach

After Capital One announced last week that they had experienced a data breach in March, local police are advising of a number of possible scams that claim to be related to the breach. Capital One confirmed last week that the March data breach exposed the data of nearly 106 million

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