These days, it is hard to know who to trust, especially when it comes to fake online accounts, giveaways, and general cybersecurity. The pandemic provided a ripe opportunity for scammers to take on new online scams, and in many cases, schemes that are more sophisticated and hard to spot.
These have to do with everything from fraudulent calls verifying your credit card and identity, to tricking people to enter contests that are not real or are not run by real companies.
We've put together some tips for staying safe online:
1. Keep your private details secure
Make sure you are only giving your confidential information out on a secure, trusted website. You can tell if a website is secure if it has a padlock next to the URL.
2. Verify the phone number of the person calling you
Even if it's a company you trust, like Share Lawyers, make sure that it is really someone you know or have worked with before you give out confidential information or credit card information. Share Lawyers, as well as banks and governments usually take confidential information over the phone, via mail and not via email.
Verify that the person you are talking to is a real person by asking to call them back and then verify that the number is accurate and connected to the right business. At Share Lawyers, our clients have a case number, which is a good way to check for safety. Another great place to look for a potential scam is in the email signature of the person emailing you. Is the signature linked to a legitimate website? Is the phone number connected to a real business?
3. Social media contests are frequently targeted
We frequently run giveaways, including our Top Fan contests, and these types of contests will never ask for confidential information. As scammers and online hackers are getting more sophisticated with their approaches, sometimes there are false websites or copycat accounts for successful businesses. Top Instagram influencers are often posting that someone has made a copycat account and are running fake contests that trick their followers into sharing their information. It's great to win a free contest, but not when it comes at the cost of your privacy.
4. Don't download apps or PDFs without looking into the source first
A lot of scammers and cyberhackers are using enticing clickbait to get you to download an unsafe file. These files may be compromised and can put malware on your computer, and you should avoid clicking links or downloading things that look suspicious.
As legal professionals, even we can find it difficult to know what is a scam and what is not, so please be cautious and diligent about your online footprint.
A note from our long term disability lawyers
Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.
If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.
Our disability law firm knows what you have been going through
We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.
Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf
Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.
If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.
Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.
Denied your long term disability claim?
Contact Share Lawyers today and put our experience to work for you. Our 35+ years of experience can help you win your case against Canada Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and other insurance companies. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless you win your case. Join us on Facebook and become a Top Fan for a chance to win each month.