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Protecting Yourself From Fraud

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March is Fraud Awareness Month, a month dedicated to preventing consumers from becoming victims of fraud. There are many types of fraud that occur each and every day in Canada. It can affect businesses, organizations and individuals. This year, the focus of Fraud Awareness Month is online safety.

It’s important to be proactive about keeping your personal and financial information safe. Follow these tips to ensure your information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

 

  1. Change your passwords regularly and avoid using passwords that can be easily guessed, such as birthdays, addresses, or phone numbers. Be sure not to reuse passwords across multiple accounts, especially for your accounts with financial institutions.

  1. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware tools purchased from trusted sources, and ensure your computer programs and browser is up to date with the latest software.

  1. Avoid downloading free programs or files from untrusted sources, such as from spam e-mails, pop-ups, or untrusted websites.

  1. Do not click the ‘unsubscribe’ links on unsolicited email from spammers. Doing so will only ensure you are kept on fraudsters’ contact lists. Instead of opening the email, simply delete it.

  1. Replace paper financial statements with electronic versions when possible. Be sure to regularly monitor statements to ensure all purchases made are legitimate.

  1. Be cautious when using public computers and only use online banking on a computer you know to be secure and protected.  Join Wi-Fi accounts that are set up by trusted sources, such as airports, hotels, and coffee shops. Always confirm with staff to sure you are connecting to their own wireless network.

  1. Look for the two hallmarks of a secure and encrypted website: a ‘padlock’ icon at the top of your browser screen and ‘https’ in the URL bar. These ensure a website has a safe and secure connection for conducting online banking or shopping.

  1. Be suspicious of any email from a financial institution that requests your personal information. Never send any personal or financial information over email.

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