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  March is Fraud Prevention Month

Mar 21, 2011 14:48 ET

Whether it's Internet or mail fraud, deceptive telemarketing or identity theft, fraud is a serious problem. March is Fraud Prevention Month, with an aim to raise awareness of fraud prevention.

Thousands of Canadians are defrauded each year. By learning how to recognize a scam and report it, you can protect yourself and prevent others from becoming a victim of fraud.

Here are some tips to help safeguard against fraud:
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! This includes making easy money with a small investment or sending money to claim a gift or prize.
• The Durham Regional Police Major Fraud Unit suggests purchasing a small home shredder for sensitive data. Shred all pre-approved credit offers, card receipts, phone bills, old cheques, etc before discarding.
• If someone claims to need you (and your money) to uncover a bank fraud, contact the police immediately. Banks do not use customers in this manner.
• Avoid the temptation of a bargain when a repairman shows up at your home uninvited to tell you that areas of your house need repairing and that he can do the job very cheaply.
• Hang up on callers that ask personal questions, pressure you to get involved in something you know nothing about (a scheme, lottery, prize, etc.) or call you often.
• Do not carry birth certificates, passports, SIN cards or extra credit cards on you unless necessary.
• If you are solicited to donate, be cautious. Get information from the canvasser or caller, then cross-check directly through the registered charity. Registered Canadian charities (for income tax purposes) are listed on the Canada Revenue Agency website.
Click here to view more tips.

If you are unsure of a situation, contact Durham Police at 905-579-1520 or one of the following organizations:

Competition Bureau - 1–800–348–5358

Canadian Anti–Fraud Centre (formerly Phonebusters) - 1–888–495–8501

Better Business Bureau

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