Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Related Fraud
Protect Yourself From Everyday Fraud Scams
- 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 an in depth fraud protection toolkit and guide
Click on the following links for resources to help you fight fraud against Senior citizens
Or you may call Brian’s office to request this information. 519-255-1631
6 Steps For Victims Of Fraud
- Gather all information about the fraud, including documents, receipts, copies of emails or phone messages.
- Report the incident and file a report with the Windsor Police. Call 519-255-6700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Canadian ANTI-FRAUD CENTER
- Report the incident to any financial institution involved in any money transfers.
- If the fraud took place on a website, let the website know under their “Report Abuse” link.
- Put flags on all of your financial accounts and report to both credit bureaus: Equifax and TransUnion
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501
- Crime Stoppers Windsor: 1-519-258-8477
- Windsor Police: 1-519-255-6700
Be Social Media Smart
Top 5 social media scams
- Hidden URL’s: These shortened links can install malware. Protect yourself with good spyware and anti-virus software
- 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!
- Hidden Charges: “Find out your personality type” by entering your cell number. You get your answer and a cell charge!
- 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.
- 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.
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