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March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month. The Cobourg Police Service is committed to working with members of the public in recognizing fraud and stopping fraud.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center, the total reported dollar loss to Canadian victims of Mass Marketing fraud in 2013 was almost 58 million dollars.

The Competition Bureau of Canada has provided the following tips we can all practice;

  • 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

    Let’s work together in protecting ourselves and our community from fraud. If anyone feels that they are a victim of fraud, please contact the Cobourg Police Service at 905-372-2243.