Fraud: recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

Some common sense rules for dealing with suspected fraud

  • Mar. 28, 2012 1:00 p.m.

As part of Fraud Prevention Month, the Competition Bureau is launching The Little Black Book of Scams, a compact and easy to use reference guide filled with information Canadians can use to protect themselves against a variety of common scams.

While Fraud Prevention Month is nearing its end, consumers and businesses can consult The Little Black Book of Scams year-round to avoid falling victim to Internet scams, fake lotteries, romance scams, and many other schemes used to defraud Canadians of their money or personal information.

The booklet offers information on how these scams work, how to recognize them, as well as practical tips on how consumers can protect themselves. It also debunks common myths about scams, provides contact information for reporting a scam to the correct authority, and offers a step-by-step guide for scam victims to reduce their losses and avoid becoming repeat victims.

Canadians and their families have an important role to play, as the best way to fight fraud is to take measures to avoid becoming a victim. Canadians are encouraged to get their copy of The Little Black Book of Scams by downloading it from the Competition Bureau’s website.

The Competition Bureau is grateful to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who originally developed The Little Black Book of Scams and granted the Bureau permission to produce a Canadian edition.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

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