By their very nature, scams are designed to deceive unsuspecting victims. Now that you know, you can help make sure others don’t fall into the same trap you did. It’s important to report the incident as soon as possible.
Gather Your Evidence
When reporting a scam, it is important to provide as much information as possible and to save any evidence that you have. This can include:
- cancelled cheques
- phone bills
- any other documentation you may have received
These documents will help with the investigations.
Report the Fraud
- Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to alert them of the fraud: 1.888.495.8501
- Put a Fraud Alert on your profile with the Credit Bureau. This is especially important if you have become the victim of identity theft. Contact Equifax at 1.800.465.7166 or TransUnion at 1.866.525.0262.
- Report the fraud to your local police.
- Notify your financial institution(s).
- Contact any credit card companies you deal with.
Now that it’s over, learn more about how to take steps to help prevent this situation from happening again. Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to learn more.