SCAM TEXTS & EMAILS
If you receive texts that seem odd or out of the ordinary, from any member of the leadership team, for example, Anne Da Silva, and it's not from their posted phone number, it is very likely a scam. These texts normally direct you to purchase Gift Cards.
We would NEVER ask favors of you, or text you in that manner.
You can always verify our phone numbers by going to https://kwselect/ca/our-team.
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE
Hello, are you available. Let me know if you got this text
Anne Da Silva
Don't provide personal or financial data in response to an unsolicited text or at a website the message links to.
Don't click on links in suspicious texts. They could install malware on your device or take you to a site that does the same.
Don't reply, even if the message says you can “text STOP” to avoid more messages. That tells the scammer or spammer your number is active and can be sold to other bad actors.
Don't assume a text is legitimate because it comes from a familiar phone number or area code. Spammers use caller ID spoofing to make it appear with a 902 area code.
We are usually aware of these issues when they occur as we tend to get the same messages and unfortunately, there is not much we can do to stop them.
Reporting to us directly is not necessary. This happens all over the country to all brokerages & in many other industries.
Watch out for e-mail scams as well. They can sometimes appear to come from a legitimate companies such as Paypal, Netflix, CRA, Facebook, etc. First, do not click on any links. You should verify the information is correct. If it looks out of the ordinary, chances are it is. The moment you click on the link, you have then given complete control to the scammer. If you do click on the link, here is what you will want to do next
REAL LIFE EMAIL EXAMPLE
Imagine you saw this in your inbox. Do you see any signs that it’s a scam? Let’s take a look.
The email looks like it’s from a company you may know and trust: Netflix. It even uses a Netflix logo and header.
The email says your account is on hold because of a billing problem.
The email has a generic greeting, “Hi Dear.” If you have an account with the business, it probably wouldn’t use a generic greeting like this.
The email invites you to click on a link to update your payment details.
While, at a glance, this email might look real, it’s not. The scammers who send emails like this one do not have anything to do with the companies they pretend to be. Phishing emails can have real consequences for people who give scammers their information. And they can harm the reputation of the companies they’re spoofing.