Fraud: Recognize, Reject, and Report It!

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March 1, 2018 – Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud. Most people think it could never happen to them but fraudsters target Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life by promising friendship, big payoffs, or instilling panic and fear. Kindred members are not immune to these types of tactics.

From January 2014 to December 2016, Canadians lost an estimated $290-million to fraudsters, who increasingly have access to new technology and global resources. As more sophisticated and complex scams are being designed by fraudsters every day, how can we keep from falling victim to frauds and scams? Education and awareness are the keys to protecting yourself.

Remember, never give out personal or financial information over the telephone, by text, through email, or online.  Never allow unauthorized individuals remote access to your computer.  If you have any doubts about who you’re dealing with, you have the right to request written information, call-back numbers, or references. When transacting online, use strong passwords and avoid clicking on links in emails. Protect your debit cards and PINs. And, do not cash unexpected cheques or overpayments (this applies whether you operate a small business or are taking payment for second-hand goods you’ve sold online).

For more information on fraud prevention, call or visit your local branch, and review the anti-fraud resources on, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website, or the Competition Bureau.


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