From phishing emails to romance frauds, does it feel like there’s a new scam every corner you turn? Although there are many legitimate businesses out there, today’s blog post counts down the top 3 signs of a scam so you know how to recognize businesses that may not be on the up and up. Here we go!
- The heat is on. If you are pressured to make a purchase immediately, be careful. Legitimate businesses and charities will give you time to make up your mind.
- You’re asked for personal or financial information. Be cautious about giving our sensitive information. Never, ever give personal or financial information to unsolicited callers.
- It seems too good to be true. Finally, do you remember that old saying? If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is! Always trust your gut.
What are your tips on recognizing a scam? Leave a comment below. If you have been the victim of a scam, contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
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Big tip-off it’s a scam call?: “Hello. I’m calling from Windows” …. *spoken is a heavy foreign accent*
Could you post how to get registered for the do not call registry, Thanks
Another big tip-off on e-mail scams is bad spelling or bad grammar.
The work at home scams, want money up front.
Hi Pam, You can register for the Do Not Call List through the CRTC at:
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How can you stop unwanted advertisements that come on a fax?
[quote name=”Carol”]How can you stop unwanted advertisements that come on a fax?[/quote]
Hi Carol! You can stop legit telemarketing faxes by registering your fax number with the Do Not Call List ([url]https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/insnum-regnum-eng[/url]. Unfortunately, if it’s a scammer who is faxing you, it’s unlikely they’re going to follow the law and stop faxing you. If that’s the case, you may wish to contact your fax provider to see if you can set up a block list. I hope this information was helpful!
Hi Gordon, Refresh Financial is NOT licensed with us as a payday lender. You may want to check with the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM – http://bit.ly/1OnYwGM) to see if they are authorized under them or the BBB (http://www.bbb.org/mbc/) to see if they are accredited or have consumer reviews. I hope this information helps.
Please tell me if refresh financial is a fraud or a scam or are they legit