Scams and Fraud
Learning about common types of scams and fraud can help you protect yourself by knowing how to respond in a questionable situation. Scammers may try to steal your identity to access your bank accounts or run up debts in your name. They may ask for money outright, as in charity scams or investment fraud. They may even pretend to be a family member who needs cash right away.
Once you have lost money in a scam, it may be impossible to get it back, even after you report the scam. The best defence is to educate yourself and avoid becoming a victim.
Educate yourself about common scams using the following resources.
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
- Scams and Fraud from the RCMP
- Top Ten Scams from the Better Business Bureau and its partners
Be Internet Aware
Scams, fraud, and identity theft often take place on the internet or through email. Make internet safety a personal priority.
To help you protect yourself online, review:
- Get Cyber Safe from the Government of Canada
More Scams and Fraud Resources
- Cyber Security Awareness Month
- Frauds and Scams (PDF, 903KB) from the Financial Planning brochure series
- RCMP Seniors’ Guidebook to Safety and Security
- Block Watch Program of B.C.
This program helps people work together to prevent crime in their neighbourhoods. See their: