Fraud Awareness

Awareness is the first step in fraud prevention. By learning about the different types of fraud and how to recognize them, along with using tools available to us in today’s market, you can minimize the chances that you will become a criminal's next victim.

The Face of Fraud--It's Not Who You Think

Believe it or not, there is no typical fraud victim in Canada, but research finds that fraud victims are likely to be educated, informed, relative affluent and involved in their communities.

Your risk of becoming a fraud victim is not linked to your age, ethnicity, income or geographic location. Scammers don't care about any of that --they just want your money.

Thousands of Canadians are defrauded each year. Scam artists are up to date and well-organized. They use the latest trends and sophisticated techniques:

  • Professional marketing materials
  • Well-crafted and researched telephone scripts, which are traded among criminals
  • Friendly tone and "generous" offers
  • Believable answers for your tough questions
  • Ability to impersonate legitimate businesses, charities and causes.
  • Expertise to use your own emotions against you.

These are professional criminals. They know what they're doing and, unfortunately for their victims they do it well.

Fraud Resources

Useful information on: how to identify fraud, how to protect yourself, and what to do should you become a victim of fraud.

Member Awareness - Defend Yourself from Fraud
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Canadian Revenue Agency-Protect yourself against fraud
The Competition Bureau of Canada-Fraud Prevention
The Little Black Book of Scams
Canadian Bankers Association-Fraud Prevention
RCMP-Scams and Fraud