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Fraud Alert--Again

June 25th, 2014 | by admin admin | in Security Advice |    3   comments

phone_fraud.jpgBe wary of phone calls from anyone asking you for a donation or personal information. 

Last week, financial crime investigators with Vancouver Police Department received a report of a telemarketer who identified themselves as a VPD employee asking for donations to support anti-bullying efforts. The person who received the call did the right thing—he did not provide any information and hung up the phone.

How can you protect yourself from telemarketing fraud? 

  1. Decide today to refuse any and all requests for an over-the-phone donation, for the chance to win a free vacation or whatever. Saying no today makes it easier to say “No” the next time a telemarketer disrupts your dinner hour.
  2. Don’t give personal or credit card information over the phone. Never. Ever.
  3. Don’t be afraid to end the call.
  4. Don’t be fooled. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. 
  5. Do register your telephone and fax numbers with Canada’s National Do Not Call List

For tips on preventing fraud and how to ID a scam, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Note: This blog discusses general safety and security topics. It is not intended to provide comprehensive advice or guidance. In all matters of personal safety and security, we encourage readers to research topics in depth and consult a security professional about specific concerns.

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