Romance scams: you can’t always depend on the kindness of strangers

Romance scams are not quite a consumer issue. But they are a particularly heartless type of fraud. They prey on the kindness of people looking for love. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we figured we would provide some tips. What is a romance scam? These days, typical romance scams begin online. They routinely involve a practice

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Who’s calling? Tips for avoiding phone scams

If you think you are the victim of a fraud, contact your local police service immediately and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (online or at 1‑888-495-8501). Phone scams are more sophisticated than ever. In 2018, CBC’s Marketplace exposed a large-scale call centre in India operating to bilk Canadians out of their money.

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So you’re the victim of a data breach. What now?

Data breaches are becoming all too common. Canadians entrust companies with all sorts of personal information. This data can be immensely profitable to fraudsters. And high-profile breaches — from Yahoo!’s in 2013 to Equifax’s in 2017 to Capital One’s this year — seem to be on the rise. Millions of Canadians have had their personal

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