Prevention and Awareness

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A)   Seniors Tips

  • If you receive a letter, email or voice mail claiming you have won a lottery or prize, or you are the heir to an inheritance, do not call back. Ignore it.
  • Do not provide your personal/financial account information to anyone you do not know and trust.
  • Do not send money to anyone claiming that you have to pay upfront in order to claim a lottery or prize, or accept an inheritance.
  • Do not send funds to anyone you do not know and trust.
  • Be wary of door-to-door salespeople.
  • Do not rush into buying something without discussing it with a person you know and trust.
  • Always seek advice from someone you know and trust before acting upon anything.

B)   Fraud and Identity Theft/Identity Fraud Tips

  • Conduct Annual Credit Checks
  • Secure your Personal/Financial Account Information
  • Secure/Shred your Important Documents/Cards
  • Secure your Mail
  • Secure your Computer / Electronic Devices
  • Secure your phone number

Fraud Resouces

 Government of Canada Agencies
Government of Ontario Agencies
Financial Institution Regulators / Associations
Industry Regulators / Associations
Miscellaneous

If you are a victim of a fraud:

  • Document all steps taken and make detailed notes
  • Keep all records
  • Complete a credit check with both credit agencies and obtain your credit reports from them. Request a fraud alert be placed on your file.

       Equifax - 1-800-465-7166  / www.equifax.ca
       TransUnion 1-800-663-9980 / www.transunion.ca 

  • If applicable, report all lost or stolen cheques, and/or debit and credit cards to the issuing financial institution(s).
  • Notify your financial institution(s) to have your debit card, credit card and/or bank account numbers changed if you have given those numbers to the fraudsters. Change your password(s) / personal identification number (PIN) code(s). Request that an alert be placed on your account.
  • If applicable, report any unauthorized account openings (i.e. cell phone contract/purchases etc.) to the appropriate company. 
  • If applicable, report to the institution(s) that completed the transfer(s) of money/property associated to the fraud, such as:

       Canada Post: 1-800-267-1177  /  www.canadapost.ca 
       Western Union: 1-800-448-1492  /  www.westernunion.com 
       Money Gram: 1-800-926-9400  /  www.moneygram.ca 
       PayPal: 1-888-221-1161 / www.paypal.com 
       UPS:  1-800-742-5877 / www.ups.com  
       Fedex: 1-800-463-3339  /  www.fedex.com 
       Purolator:  1-888-744-7123  /  www.purolator.com

       Your credit card companies
       Your financial institutions 

  •  If the fraud occurred online, report the incident to the applicable website holder, such as:

       Kijiji  /  www.kijiji.ca
       Facebook  /  www.facebook.com
       Twitter  /  www.twitter.com
       Auto Trader  /  www.autotrader.com

If you suspect your mail has been sent to another address, or your address has been used for other fraudulent purposes, notify Canada Post Customer Service at 1-800-267-1177.

  • Consider changing your phone number, email address and or social media account name if you have had contact with the suspect(s) with any of those communication methods. Monitor any incoming calls utilizing call display services.
  • If your identity documents (passport, permanent resident card, driver's licence, social insurance number card, health card, birth certificate, etc) have been lost or stolen, contact the appropriate section of the provincial or federal government.

       Service Canada: www.canada.ca or visit a location near you
       Service Ontario: www.ontario.ca or visit a location near you

  • Report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
  • Contact Police to make a report.

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