The federal ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and the Competition Bureau of Canada provide a resource to increase Canadians’ awareness of fraud and protect against it. The resource titled: The Little Black Book of Scams outlines many of the most common types of scams and provides contact information for fraud-fighting agencies that can help with these situations.
Every year, Canadians lose millions of dollars to the activities of scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door‑to‑door and telephone scams. The Little Black Book of Scam will increase awareness of the vast array of scams that target Canadians and share some easy steps to protect yourself. Scammers target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. Fake lotteries, Internet frauds, get‑rich‑quick schemes and miracle health cures are some of the favoured means of separating the unwary from their money.
The Competition Bureau has seen the devastating effects scams can have on people and their families. One of the best ways to combat this kind of fraud is to take measures to prevent yourself from being caught in the first place.
The Little Black Book of Scams can be accessed here.