Beware! Cybercrimes and scams

A number of internet scams and cybercrimes targeting Canadian citizens are carried out from Côte d’Ivoire.  Phising, the inheritance scam, the romance scam, or the 419 scams are the most common. We recommend being cautious and avoid sharing any personal information with people overseas who request funds due to the serious risk of identity theft with its often difficult consequences.

Before deciding to send funds to someone abroad, always consider the following:

  • The nature of your relationship with the person requesting the funds, how the person requesting them obtained your address, or the nature of the establishment requesting the donations;
  • Is the person well known and does he or she have a good reputation? Are you able to verify the good faith of the request independently from the information provided in the request for funds?
  • Copy extracts from the letter or message you received into an Internet search engine with the words “Scam”, “Phishing” or “419”.

For more information on the types of commercial, professional and personal fraud aimed at Canadians, please read our page on overseas fraud.

The following Government of Canada agencies can also provide you with relevant information: