Canadians targeted by scams taking advantage of COVID-19 fears

Canadians should be vigilant for text scams amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

“There appears to be a text scam going around on the new emergency response benefit,” he said during a press briefing outside his Ottawa home.

Trudeau said Canadians should be looking at reliable sources for information on the pandemic and relief efforts, such as government websites.

Some Canadians have reported receiving texts that read: “Alert: The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit of $1375.50.”

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