Keep your guard up: fraudsters operate year-round!

News release

March 29, 2019 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

While Fraud Prevention Month is drawing to a close, it’s important to remember that fraud prevention continues year round. Few areas of life are untouched by fraud. Romance, health, employment, tax payments, online shopping, loans, and tech support are just a few examples of areas where fraudsters like to focus their efforts,   targeting youngsters, retirees and in some cases, businesses.

Whatever the time of year, the Bureau’s fraud prevention tools can help you stay informed about the latest scams. Be wary of unsolicited offers, trust your instincts and share fraud prevention tips with your family and friends. Knowledge and vigilance are the best tools to help you recognize, reject and report fraud.

The Bureau thanks its fraud prevention partners who reached out to Canadians through public events and social media, consumers and business owners who helped us get the word out with the #FPM2019 hashtag, and members of the media whose coverage helped raise awareness about fraud.

Keep the momentum going! Stay on guard for unsolicited offers, suspicious calls and products that seem too good to be true – they just might be scams.

Quotes

“The Bureau is committed to fighting fraud. Our work with the Fraud Prevention Forum and our other partners gives you the tools you need to stand up to scammers. Remember: the fight against fraud starts with Canadians like you. By reporting fraud, you provide law enforcement with the information they need to stop scammers and help prevent others from becoming victims.”

Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition

Quick facts

  • Fraud Prevention Month is an annual awareness campaign that provides Canadians with the information they need to recognize, reject and report fraud.

  • The Little Black Book of Scams 2nd edition is your go-to resource to learn how to steer clear of 12 common scams.

  • Test your fraud-fighting skills with our fraud quiz. Share it with your friends and family to help them reject fraud.

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