Canadians lose an estimated $54 billion to fraudulent activities at the door, over the phone and online every year. Learn to protect yourself:
Don't feel pressured to:
Share personal or financial information.
Sign or agree to a contract on-the-spot.
Respond to aggressive sales tactics.
Take your time to:
Investigate the person or company contacting you.
Review all contracts in detail.
Consult with family and trusted partners.
Protect yourself by:
Being aware of current fraudulent activities occurring in your area.
Getting a copy of any agreement in writing.
Verifying all claims.
Trust your Instincts. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- DON'T share Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or banking information over the phone, with someone who comes to your door, or to anyone via email unless you initiated the interaction.
- DON'T open unsolicited emails or unexpected attachments. Delete them.
- DON'T feel pressured to make a decision quickly. Take your time to investigate the company and the contract.
- DON'T pay for goods or services with cash or through money services. Instead, use a payment option that provides protection, such as a credit card.
There are roughly 14,000 complaints about fraudulent activities every year in Canada.
- DO display "No Soliciting" or "No Tresspassing" signs on your property.
- DO register your telephone number on the 'National Do Not Call', online at:
http://www.innte-dncl.gc.ca or by phone:
- DO be wary of repeated visits or phone calls to your home.
- DO get a written agreement, including price, all promised good and services, name and full company contact information (address, phone number, etc.) when any significant amount of money, time or services are involved.
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Stop, use caution, then go: It's about what you know.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre - Call 1-888-495-8501