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Spammed with scams: Tips for navigating fraudulent communications

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May Messenger 2024 | Posted May 9, 2024
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Nearly every week, we hear about another scam making its rounds: a loved one is in danger and you need to pay to help them; your account has been compromised and you need to re-enter your credit card information to restore it; your package is being held at the shipping centre and you need to confirm your information to collect it.

It was only a matter of time before scams started targeting clinics and healthcare facilities, too.

Spam, scams and other nefarious communications can occur through many channels, including email, phone calls, text messages, letters or even faxes. Oftentimes, scammers are searching for personal, financial or other sensitive information. Spam and scam attempts are always evolving and usually very believable, which can make them difficult to detect. For example, some clinics have recently reported receiving calls from unusual numbers posing as pharmacies or health centres and requesting patient information.

To help regulated members and healthcare facilities better navigate spam and scam attempts, CPSA has developed an infographic that defines different types of spam, outlines common characteristics of scams and highlights actions you can take to mitigate your risk.

An infographic with suggestions for navigating spam and scam attempts.

For more information on handling spam and scam attacks, consider the following resources:

If you become aware of a scam targeting your practice or medical facility, please contact CPSA at

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