Fraud and Identity Theft | VictimsInfo

By: Victimsinfo  09-12-2011
Keywords: Information Services

It’s not always easy to spot a scam. Clever thieves are constantly finding new ways to trick people into giving up their personal information and/or money.

Fraud is intentional deception for personal gain or to cause another person to suffer , usually financial losses.Types of fraud include identity theft, phishing, pyramid schemes, and counterfeiting.

Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information such as your name, address and SIN, your banking information or your credit card information.  Thieves are able to use the information they steal to open new bank accounts, order cell phones, take out mortgages on the ’s property and buy cars or furniture.

Signs of Identity Theft

  • Purchases not made by you appear on your monthly bills
    • Bills arrive on accounts you don't own
    • Collection agency calls about unknown debt
    • Credit card/bank statements don't arrive
    • Your credit report shows mystery debts.

What to do next?

  • Call the police and notify them about your ID theft.
    • Call your financial institutions for information about cancelling and reissuing credit and debit cards and putting a fraud alert on file at your local banking institution.
    • Put a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting Equifax: 1-866-779-6440.
    • Do a follow-up check three months after to ensure that someone has not tried to use your identity again. 
    • Contact Canada Post if your mail is missing.
    • Advise your telephone, cable, and utilities that someone using your name could try to open new accounts fraudulently. 
    • Keep records of steps taken to clear your name and re-establish your credit.
    • If you have questions about identity theft, don’t hesitate to ask a victim service worker.

VictimLink BC

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PhoneBusters - The Canadian Anti-fraud Call Centre
PhoneBusters is the central agency in Canada that collects information on telephone, Internet and letter fraud and identity theft complaints. PhoneBusters plays a key role in educating the public about specific fraudulent telemarketing pitches.

The Competition Bureau
The Competition Bureau is an independent agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice. Here, you can file a consumer fraud complaints, find tips on how to spot fraud, and read stories and news about new campaigns to combat fraud.

Reporting Economic Crime On-Line
RECOL allows victims of economic crime and others to quickly report and distribute useful information to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their partners. The RECOL website is secure and information transmitted to and from the site is encrypted. Furthermore, personal information provided to the RCMP is protected under the Government of Canada's Privacy .

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An Office of Consumer Affairs website offering the very best consumer information, tools and services available from the most objective and reliable sources.

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