The Little Black Book of Scams

The Competition Bureau of Canada recently released a new book, The Little Black Book of Scams: Your Guide to Protection Against Fraud, in hopes of helping consumers and businesses avoid common scams.

“Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of their education, age or income,” says Commissioner of Competition John Pecman. “Scammers use a variety of devious tactics to defraud unsuspecting victims, such as imitating well‑known brands online and using deceptive claims to entice consumers through telemarketing, emails or social media…. Our Little Black Book of Scams aims to increase your awareness of the many different kinds of fraud that target Canadians. It provides tips on how to protect yourself and debunks common myths that might allow fraudsters to gain your trust.”

The handy reference includes information on:

  • Lotteries, sweepstakes and contests
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Money transfer requestsInternet scams
  • Mobile phone scams
  • Health and medical scams
  • Emergency scamsDating and romance scams
  • Charity scams
  • Job and employment scams
  • Small business scams
  • Service scams

The book also offers hints on how to protect yourself and your family, tells you what to do if you have been scammed and provides information for getting help and reporting a scam.

You can download your free copy of the guide or read it online at:
http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03074.html