We’ve all heard the stories of victims falling prey to all types of scams, from online fraud to fake lottery claims to identity theft.
Victims of scams and fraud can be anyone, even you. Scammers target innocent people of all ages, backgrounds and locations. Sadly, people who fall victim to these scams lose thousands of dollars to criminals every year. Fraudsters will exploit anything they can to gain someone’s trust. After all, they are professionals.
If you think you’re too clever to fall for a scam, you may fall right into their hands. Don’t underestimate a criminal’s abilities to persuade and pursue. And the best way to protect yourself is to become informed.
- Do not give out personal details to anyone you do not know or trust.
- Do not send money to anyone you don’t know or trust.
- Do not send money to claim a prize; legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect your winnings.
- Ask for identification from people who come to your door.
Visit Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to learn more about:
- recognizing and reporting fraud.
- the most recent scams that are trending.
- minimizing your risk of identity theft.
- Internet safety tips.
- what to do if you become a victim.
The Little Black Book of Scams outlines the vast array of scams that target Canadians every year.
Winnipeg Police Service is also promoting Fraud Prevention Month; find out how to Take Action to Protect Yourself.
If you think you may have been a vicitim of fraud, contact The Competition Bureau to find out how to report it.