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Influencer II

CoVID phish

So, I got the following message via text/SMS on my phone:


------- Forwarded message follows -------

(Notification - ALERT ) Dear client, ScotiaBank is working with the
Government to make the Emergency C0VID-19 Benefits deposits easier. To
complete your Benefit demand. Please visit now :

------- End of forwarded message -------


I do have an account with Scotia, but I have not had texts from Scotia and I
do not recognize the domain. So, being a Professional Paranoiac of the first water, I did a domain lookup.


scotia-online-covid19 doesn't exist.


But, being as paranoid as I am, I noticed that O (capital letter "o") and 0 (digit zero) look the same.


And, voila! *does* exist!


(I'd advise not going anywhere near it.)


(Anybody got a good contact in the RCMP?)




Checking server []
Domain name:
Registry Domain ID: 2522352593_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 0001-01-01T00:00:00.00Z
Creation Date: 2020-05-05T16:00:37.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-05-05T16:00:37.00Z
Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6613102107
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: addPeriod
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Registrant City: Panama
Registrant State/Province: Panama
Registrant Postal Code:
Registrant Country: PA
Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Admin Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Admin Street: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Admin City: Panama
Admin State/Province: Panama
Admin Postal Code:
Admin Country: PA
Admin Phone: +507.8365503
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +51.17057182
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email:
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Tech Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Tech Street: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Tech City: Panama
Tech State/Province: Panama
Tech Postal Code:
Tech Country: PA
Tech Phone: +507.8365503
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +51.17057182
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email:
Name Server:
Name Server:
DNSSEC: unsigned


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can i share this ?

Community Champion

Thanks for sharing. 


I would be nice if banks would put up disclaimers about these types of scams.  I got a note from TD and I ignored it as I don't deal with them.


Recently read an article which stated that Canadians have lost $1.2Million dollars to scammers related to Covid-19 phishing.  I share this article with Seniors (who seem to be the most susceptible)








I hear you. they should be proactive .