Been victimized by scam artists? Report it right away
(NC) If you think you've spotted a scam or have been targeted by a scam, whether in person, on the phone, by text, e-mail or on the Internet, you must report it right away. The only way to stop these sophisticated con artists is to report their crimes to the authorities.
There are a number of government and law enforcement agencies in Canada that you can contact for advice and to make a report. This type of reporting goes a long way to helping you and others from being ripped off by ruthless scam operators.
The best agency to contact depends on where you live. The two main national bodies are the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca and the Competition Bureau at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/fraud or 1-800-348-5358.
To find a list of other ways you can report a scam, read pages 29 and 30 of The Little Black Book of Scams produced by the Competition Bureau at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/fraud or order a copy at 1-800-O-Canada.
March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, so do your part by reporting suspicious activity you think authorities should know about. The actions you take today will prevent others from becoming victims tomorrow.
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