Throughout the pandemic, people relied on their electronic devices more than usual to keep in touch with others and work from home.
Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) statistics show that this opened up the opportunity for hackers to commit fraud, and the amount of internet scams in Saskatoon has skyrocketed.
According to SPS, internet scams have gone up by just over 500 per cent in the last five years.
This year alone, police have handled almost 350 cases where residents have experienced fraud on an electronic device.
“More people are interacting online, moving their work, their play to an online environment, and, as such, it makes them more vulnerable to fraudsters,” said S/Sgt. Matthew Bradford.
Chief technology officer of Complete Technologies, Justin Schultenkamper, said…