March 5, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
Don’t Buy Into Fraud! That’s the message for this year’s Fraud Prevention Month campaign.
Today, the Competition Bureau, alongside representatives of the Vancouver Police Department, the Better Business Bureau and Fraud Prevention Forum partners, officially kicked off the 2015 campaign by announcing this year’s Top Ten Scams.
For the Bureau, fraud prevention and law enforcement is a year-long affair. During Fraud Prevention Month, the Bureau and its partners’ aim is to empower Canadians to protect themselves from becoming the victims of fraud. So Don’t Buy Into Fraud: Recognize it, Report it, Stop it!
- Throughout March, the Bureau will release a series of eight animated videos based on the scams in the Canadian Edition of The Little Black Book of Scams.
- If it’s “2 Good 2 B True”, it probably is. For the third consecutive year, the Bureau will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, March 10th, the subject being: #2G2BT. So participate and share your experiences!
- What is price-fixing and how do we stop it? What are the harms of bid-rigging to consumers and businesses alike? Watch out for the 2nd annual Anti-cartel Day, happening on Thursday, March 26th.
“Don’t become a victim of fraud. We at the Competition Bureau are here to help by providing you with the tools and information you need to ensure that fraudsters don’t get the best of you or your wallet. To start, remember to protect your identity at all times, never share banking information over the phone, and never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust. Preventing fraud is a shared responsibility. When you recognize it, report it!”
- The Top Ten Scams can be found on the Better Business Bureau’s website.
- To report instances of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca, or call 1 888 495 8501.
- To report cases of unacceptable business practices, such as misleading representations and deceptive marketing, contact the Bureau at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca, or call 1 800 348 5358.
- Canadians may also contact their local police forces.
FRAUD: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.
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