The Competition Bureau, a federal government agency, offers a few tips for you to be aware of to help avoid a scam.
- Always get independent advice if an offer involves
- Personal information
- Time, or
- There are no guaranteed get-rich quick schemes.
Often, the only people who make money are the scammers.
- Don’t agree to offers or deals right away.
If you think you’ve spotted a great opportunity, insist on time to get independent advice before making a decision.
- Don’t hand over money or personal information, or sign anything until you’ve done your homework and checked the credentials of the company that you’re dealing with.
- Don’t rely on glowing testimonials: find solid evidence of a company’s success.
- Log directly onto a website that you’re interested in rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
- Never send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.
- If you spot a scam or have been scammed, get help.
Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Competition Bureau or your local police for assistance.