OTTAWA, ON – October 13, 2021 – The surge in online purchases seen since the beginning of the pandemic also means Canadians are more exposed to scams popping up online. Today, CIRA is proud to announce its partnership with ScamAdviser, a global leader in anti-scam technology, to integrate protection against fraudulent websites into CIRA Canadian Shield. This added layer of protection will safeguard Canadians’ families against online scams and fraudulent websites.
According to Statistics Canada, 82 per cent of Canadians shopped online in 2020, and the popularity of e-commerce grows every day. Canadians can now shop a little safer online by adding the protection of CIRA Canadian Shield and ScamAdviser’s anti-scam feed directly to their devices. ScamAdviser continuously tracks for known scams and crawls websites using an algorithm that looks for scam cues. The online shopper will be blocked from visiting sites with very high fraud scores, protecting users from theft and misrepresented products.
CIRA Canadian Shield will block websites with a high-risk score based on more than 40 scam cues that include the IP address of the webserver, the availability to contact the website owners, the age of the URL, ratings on review sites, and more.
Every month, ScamAdviser scans 1 million new domains. Its data is used by anti-virus companies, browsers, and internet filters to protect more than 1 billion consumers worldwide.
CIRA Canadian Shield now has more than 2 million installations across Canada.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, there were more than51,000 reports of fraud with almost $1.5 million in theft in Canada as of August 2021.
The ScamAdviser feed will be incorporated into the Protected and Family versions of CIRA Canadian Shield.