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Here are some tips and tricks to protect yourself or your business from scams and fraud

Source: Canadian A Release Time: 00:19:55 2020-10-28

Don't give out information on unsolicited calls. Educate employees at every level to be wary of unsolicited calls. If they didn't initiate the call, they shouldn't provide or confirm any information, including:The business's address. The business's phone number. Any account numbers. Any information about equipment in the office (e.g., make and model of the printer, etc.).

Beware of unsolicited calls where the caller asks you for personal information, such as:Your name, Your address, Your birthdate, Your Social Insurance Number (SIN), Your credit card or banking information. If you didn't initiate the call, you don't know who you're talking to.

Always verify that the organization you're dealing with is legitimate before you take any other action:Verify Canadian charities with the Canada Revenue Agency. Verify collection agencies with the appropriate provincial agency. Look online for contact information for the company that supposedly called you, and call them to confirm. Verify any calls with your credit card company by calling the phone number on the back of your credit card. If you've received a call or other contact from a family member in trouble, talk to other family members to confirm the situation.

Many scams request you to pay fees in advance of receiving goods, services, or a prize. It's illegal for a company to ask you to pay a fee upfront before they'll give you a loan. There are no prize fees or taxes in Canada. If you won it, it's free.

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