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Fraudulent Activity Awareness

The Canadian Red Cross is advising people to be aware of the following fraudulent activity:

Text for Health Support Response

A fraudulent request to register for Health Support Response (RED CROSS) has been circulating by text. The sender claims that you have been pre-approved for support and asks people to complete registration by clicking on a link. This is not valid and the Red Cross advises anyone who receives this message to delete it immediately. Do not click on the link or respond.

Door-to-Door

Please be advised, as of March 16, the Canadian Red Cross suspended its door-to-door canvassing. No individuals are currently going door-to-door on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Personal information

Individuals eligible for financial assistance, will NOT need to provide their banking information to receive funds. The Canadian Red Cross will not ask for these details in order to distribute assistance. In addition, the Red Cross will not ask for credit card information or other forms of payment in order to receive assistance.

 

Free face masks

A fraudulent offer for face masks is circulating by text, email and on social media.  The sender claims to be the Red Cross and is offering to give away or sell face masks if the shipping fee is paid. This is not a valid offer and the Red Cross advises anyone who receives this message to delete it immediately. Do not click on the link or respond. 
  

The Red Cross encourages people to stay informed from credible sources, such as the Government of Canada’s website for fraud prevention tips, as well as for the most current information on Fort McMurray and Area Floods, and COVID-19.

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