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Last year, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center reported that citizens of our neighbor to the north were cheated out of $9.5 million, through credit card fraud, cloned debit cards and cash scams. A further 11,000 were the victims of identity theft. Calls to the Fraud Center unsurprisingly spike in January, as people discover problems linked to holiday purchases.
Needless to say, online shopping is a prime target for fraud since customers send money and credit card information to people and business they do not necessarily know. Captain Louis Robertson, who heads criminal intelligence at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre, reminds folks to do a little research before entrusting your money to a site you are unfamiliar with. "You should be a little more vigilant, a little bit more careful," Robertson says.
Here are a few reminders from our Canadian friends on how to avoid being the victim of some of Santa's more criminally minded helpers:
Have a joy-ful and fraud-less Holiday Season!