Protect Yourself

  • Review the fine print, terms and conditions before making any purchases
  • Conduct open source searches to see if anyone has been scammed by this advertisement, or business in the past
  • Beware of paid advertisements online – they are not always affiliated with the website you are viewing
  • Prior to sending any money, contact the person who requested the transfer in person or by phone to confirm the request was legitimate
  • Beware of unusual email requests
  • Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails or even from someone you know if it looks suspicious
  • Review your credit card statement regularly for unauthorized charges
  • Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Click here for a great link to the Competition Bureau of Canada’s Little Black Book of Scams

Click here for an in depth fraud protection toolkit and guide

 


Senior Citizens

Click on the following links for resources to help you fight fraud against Senior citizens

Anti-fraud Center

Scam Smart Resource Guide

Or you may call Brian’s office to request this information. 519-255-1631

 


6 Steps For Victims Of Fraud

  1. Gather all information about the fraud, including documents, receipts, copies of emails or phone messages.
  2. Report the incident and file a report with the Windsor Police. Call 519-255-6700 or email at fraud@police.windsor.on.ca
  3. Contact the Canadian ANTI-FRAUD CENTER
  4. Report the incident to any financial institution involved in any money transfers.
  5. If the fraud took place on a website, let the website know under their “Report Abuse” link.
  6. Put flags on all of your financial accounts and report to both credit bureaus: Equifax and TransUnion

Contact information

  • Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501
  • Crime Stoppers Windsor: 1-519-258-8477
  • Equifax: 1-800-465-7166
  • TransUnion: 1-800-663-9980
  • Windsor Police: 1-519-255-6700

 

Be Social Media Smart

Top 5 social media scams

  1. Hidden URL’s: These shortened links can install malware. Protect yourself with good spyware and anti-virus software
  2. Phishing Requests: Someone says to check out these pictures of yourself by clicking HERE! You enter your personal information and password and now the criminals have access to all your files!
  3. Hidden Charges: “Find out your personality type” by entering your cell number. You get your answer and a cell charge!
  4. Cash grabs: You make friends online – some are new, others are old. You’re contacted to help with some money. Think twice about the new friend and contact the old friend to see if the request is legitimate. Most times it is not.
  5. Chain letters: They’re back! Asking you to “share this with 10 friends and get a free product” or “someone will donate $5.00 for every share.” These are just time wasters and will not lead to a free product or donations.

To download the Anti-Fraud Brochure click Here

 

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To download the Anti-Fraud Brochure click Here

 

If you would like to message me about fraud in Canada email me here:

brian.masse@parl.gc.ca

 

Click on the Links below to see the flyers we have developed dealing with specific scams happening in communities across Canada:

 

Fraud Protection Flyer – Health and Medical Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Dating and Romance Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Charity Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Lotteries

Fraud Protection Flyer – Jobs and Employment Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Mobile Phone Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Money Transfer Requests

Fraud Protection Flyer – Jobs and Employment Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Top 10 Scams

Fraud Protection Flyer – Pyramid Schemes