Did you know that March is Fraud Protection Month in Canada?

The Government of Canada has some great resources worth looking at! Here is an interesting infographic that shares some eye opening stats about Identity Theft in Canada.

I have also included a short list of tips below from the Government website about how to protect yourself from fraudsters!

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This Infographic was originally shared on The Star here.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Don’t be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase.

Be extra cautious about calls, emails or mailings offering international bonds or lottery tickets, a portion of a foreign dignitary’s bank account, free vacations, credit repair or schemes with unlimited income potential.

Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection.

Don’t purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the product, service and company.

Don’t be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.

Don’t disclose personal information about your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance and driver’s license numbers to any business that can’t prove it is legitimate.

Shred unwanted personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills, unwanted receipts, cheques, pre-approved credit applications and old tax returns.

Check your credit report every year and report problems immediately.

If a scam artist contacts you, or if you’ve been defrauded: Report it! Your reports are vital to the anti-fraud efforts of law enforcement agencies.

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