Warning: Cybercriminals Are Taking Advantage of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation – Keep an Eye Out for Suspicious Emails Disguised as CASL Consent Messages!
On July 1st, 2014, the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect to prevent harmful and deceptive types of spam from being sent or received. As spam, spyware, and phishing attacks have become the primary tools for conducting cybercrime, the CASL was designed to protect individuals and businesses alike.
While the CASL aims to ensure the security of your email, we advise you to watch out for phishing attacks disguised as CASL consent messages. In the past few days, many individuals have reported receiving suspicious emails asking for consent to receive further emails.
If you happen to become an unsuspecting victim of a phishing attack, you’re at risk for data theft, identity theft, and various forms of fraud. We’d like to remind you to keep an eye out, and if you receive a suspicious email, please follow these simple tips:
- Contact our team of IT experts: We’ll be happy to check out the email and validate whether it’s a phishing attack or a legitimate CASL consent message.
- Install anti-virus software and a spam filter: Install anti-virus software and a spam filter to prevent harmful phishing attacks, viruses, and malware.
- Contact the company to verify: Give the company a call or send them an email to verify that they sent the email to you.
Keep in mind, the CASL will prevent a majority of spam, however, it’s critical to maintain a proactive approach to email security, in order to ensure you’re able to effectively combat emerging threats.
If you have any questions or concerns about the security of your email, give us a call at 403-215-8070 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. VBS can help you safeguard your business against emerging threats.