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Fraud: Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

(NC) Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of education, income or age. It comes in a variety of sizes and forms, including imitating well-known brands or family members in trouble, e-mail messages, false representations via telemarketing, identity theft, counterfeiting and more.

Everyone is at risk for these ruthless criminals and those who fall prey feel the devastating effects long after they experience the unlawful transaction. Even the savviest consumer can get caught up in the moment and be swept away by sophisticated scam artists who make a living conning consumers and businesses out of their hard-earned money.

This March is Fraud Prevention Month across Canada and the Competition Bureau is inviting Canadians to learn more by participating in activities online and in communities throughout the month. There are online quizzes, downloadables, tool kits and a fabulous, must-read publication called The Little Black Book of Scams, which has every scam you can imagine, tips for reporting scams and ways to arm yourself. You can download the book at

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