March is Fraud Prevention Month and we want to help you be prepared and vigilant to avoid scammers! Below, find several tips from Canada.ca/be-scam-smart, and visit their website to learn more about fraud in Canada, including statistics.
Easiest Ways to Avoid A Scam
Secrecy is your weapon!
- Use a unique password for each account
- Be suspicious if someone asks you for personal information
- Don’t share your security codes, user IDs, passwords, or social insurance number
- Be cautious before you click on a link
Be suspicious of requests for “owed” money!
- Many scammers will say you owe money and demand immediate payment with gift cards or bitcoin. Here’s what you can do to avoid these scams:
- Ask yourself:
- Do I owe them money?
- Why is this person pressuring me to act right now?
- Learn what payment methods the government accepts
- Ask yourself:
Don’t always trust a “local” number!
- Scammers can change their caller ID to make it look like they are calling from a local number. Here’s what you can do to avoid these scams:
- If the person is pressuring or threatening you, ask yourself why
- If you’re not sure, call the business/government agency they’re claiming to be using the phone number on their official website
- When in doubt, hang up!
Don’t share personal information!
- Scammers may try to text you or contact you through social media. Here’s what you can do to avoid these scams:
- Take a minute and question why they need your personal information
- Be cautious about clicking on links that you aren’t sure about – they can take you to a fake website that will steal your information!
- When in doubt, delete, delete, delete!