The month of March is Fraud Prevention Month! Help yourselves and others by learning about fraud and how to prevent it. Here are some tips from the Government of Canada on how to prevent fraud:
Always get independent advice if an offer involves money, personal information, time or commitment.
There are NO guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes—most times the only people who make money are the scammers.
Do not agree to offers or deals right away. If you think you have spotted a great opportunity, insist on time to get independent advice before making a decision.
Do not hand over money or personal information, or sign anything until you have done your homework and checked the credentials of the company that you are dealing with.
Do not rely on glowing testimonials: find solid evidence of a company’s success.
Log directly on to a website that you are interested in rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
Never send money, or give credit card or on-line account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
If you spot a scam or have been scammed, get help. Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Competition Bureau or your local police for assistance.
To get help or help others by reporting a scam, contact the following agencies:
Canadian Anti–Fraud Centre
The Competition Bureau’s Information Centre