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New RAC bulletin logo November 2019RAC Bulletin February 21, 2024:

There have been several recent reports from RAC members of phishing attempts by someone purporting to be from Radio Amateurs of Canada.

Phishing attempts use publicly available information to fake legitimacy. In some cases they use the names and contact information of RAC officials to gain your trust.

For example, today’s phishing attempt falsely states that it originates from “Phil A McBride” and this is not the case.

It also uses the fake heading “Special Report from Radio Amateurs of Canada – 2/21/2024” to encourage users to open the document by clicking on a link. Please do not!

Important: Radio Amateurs of Canada will never ask you to provide a login and password in email communication.

RAC’s Cybersecurity Efforts

To date, there have been no direct successful attacks on the RAC computer system. Unfortunately attempts to defraud people through email messages and phone calls are a part of the world we live in today.

We will continue to take measures to ensure that our computer system is as safe as possible and that our members are provided with information.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is continuing to increase our cybersecurity. We do not keep any financial information and only widely available personal information (such as name, call sign and dates relating to current membership) is available in our system so our risks are considerably less than compared to commercial systems.

Note: Radio Amateurs of Canada collects personally identifiable information about you when you voluntarily provide it. When you apply for membership and subscription services, or provide your personal contact information for publication or product orders, every effort will be made to ensure that the information provided will be securely maintained. For more information please see our Privacy Policy and Cybersecurity webpage.

We continue to stay abreast of any changes in cyberthreats and their responses. We are also planning on making available to members the use of security systems you may already be aware of in other systems – such as providing for the use of complex passwords (requiring at least eight characters, capital letters, numbers and special characters) as well as Two-Factor Authentication to log in to our website. We will provide additional information on security updates on this webpage as they are made.

Tips on Avoiding Email Scams

Here are a few tips on how to avoid email scams:

  • Filter spam.
  • Don’t trust unsolicited email.
  • Treat email attachments with caution.
  • Don’t click links in email messages unless you are confident you know who the sender is.
  • Install antivirus software and keep it up to date.
  • Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date.
  • Configure your email client for security.
  • Never provide your login and password in response to an email.

In closing, any email claiming to have your @myrac.ca address and password is a scam and should be deleted. Radio Amateurs of Canada will never ask people to download files from a third-party site in their email communication. Always check to see if the sender of a suspicious email has an @rac.ca email address as all RAC officials use @rac.ca.

If you are concerned or suspicious always contact the RAC office before opening any files in an email message that appears to come from Radio Amateurs of Canada.

720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304

RAC: www.rac.ca

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director