Surrey Business News

March is Fraud Preven­tion Month

- To re­port fraud: an­tifraud­cen­tre-cen­tre­an­

Ev­ery year, thou­sands of Cana­di­ans fall vic­tim to fraud. Most peo­ple don’t think it could hap­pen to them, but fraud­sters are us­ing in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated meth­ods to tar­get peo­ple of all ages and from all walks of life. More and more of these schemes, es­pe­cially dur­ing the pan­demic, are be­ing at­trib­uted to or­ga­nized crime. The im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses is dev­as­tat­ing – re­tire­ment sav­ings, homes, busi­nesses and in some cases, lives have all been lost.

It’s some­times hard to keep on top of all the in­for­ma­tion you need to know to keep your money and your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion safe. Terms like “iden­tity theft,” “debit card fraud,” and “phish­ing” can sound scary. You may not know where to turn to get clear in­for­ma­tion about what these terms mean and how you can pro­tect your­self.

The good news is that the ma­jor­ity of frauds can be pre­vented by iden­ti­fy­ing the meth­ods used by fraud­sters. The more you know about a fraud, the less likely you are to fall for it. Through aware­ness, you can avoid be­com­ing a vic­tim. Check out the Sur­rey Board of Trade web­site for events and re­sources to help you.

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