March is Fraud Prevention Month and 2018 marks the 14th edition of this education and awareness campaign. It aims to help you recognize, reject and report fraud.
Did you know that you can fight fraud? It starts with knowing more about it. As they say, knowledge is power. It’s all about recognizing the signs, rejecting claims that seem too good to be true and reporting them to the proper authorities.
Recognizing fraud: Scams come in many forms and recognizing them is the first step in protecting yourself and your family. The Little Black Book of Scams has tips and advice to help you recognize the most common forms of fraud including subscription traps, phishing and identity theft.
Rejecting fraud: Stay vigilant at all times. Remain aware of who you are dealing with and remember to be careful with unsolicited phone calls, emails, text messages, unexpected visitors or letters from unknown sources.
Reporting fraud to law enforcement agencies is the final step in fighting fraud:
- The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is the one-stop-shop for all your fraud reporting. They will direct your complaints to the appropriate law enforcer. The Centre can be reached online or by phone at 1 888 495 8501.
- If you feel you have been the victim of misleading advertising or other deceptive marketing practices, file a complaint with the Competition Bureau online or by phone at 1 800 348 5358.
- If you lost money to fraudsters, you can also contact your local police force.
For more fraud-fighting tips, visit the Competition Bureau’s website.