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29 March 2017

Free trial scams have taken millions from Canadians’ pockets, according to Canada’s Competition Bureau. In fact, they list free trial traps as one of the most prevalent and sneaky “scams on the horizon”. All the more reason to find out more and protect yourself.

While Consumer Protection BC doesn’t have the authority to deal with scams, we have put together three types of free trial traps along with some tips to help you navigate them.  

Other Business

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20 March 2017

As some of you may know, March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Better Business Bureau serving the Lower Mainland (BBB) has released the Top 10 Scams of 2016. Educating yourself on some of the most reported scams within the last year could mean the difference between falling for a scam and being wise to it. Read on to learn the most popular scams and ways you can protect yourself as a consumer in 2017.

Tips

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29 March 2016

Hunting for rental housing in any city can be exhausting. Going to view small one-bedroom apartments ‘accidentally’ listed as 2 bedrooms or a tiny, dark house described as ‘huge’ and ‘bright’ is frustrating. Even worse is paying a deposit on property that does not exist. Here are some tips to help you identify a possible scam when looking for rental property:

Other Business

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21 March 2016

March is Fraud Prevention Month and on March 1st, Better Business Bureau (BBB) released their Top 10 Scam List of 2015. Scammers are always finding new ways to trick people and even familiar scams may have a different spin on them. Learning about common scams out there may be a good first step in protecting yourself. 

Tips

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30 March 2015

We’re wrapping up Fraud Prevention Month today, leaving you with information about one last fraud: the Hit Man Scam. In this blog post, learn the signs of this scam and what to do if one of these emails arrives in your inbox.

Tips

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23 March 2015

Passport Canada has issued a warning to Canadians that some organizations are falsely claiming to have the ability to speed up the passport application process for an additional fee. Here’s what you need to know about this fraud.

Other Business

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17 March 2015

What would you do if you lost your credit card? Or had it stolen from you? Or discovered that somehow it had been used without your authorization? In any of these situations, it’s important to tell your credit card company right away.

Tips

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08 March 2015

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and each year the Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC (BBB) and partner organizations announce the Top 10 Scams of the year. Read on to learn which frauds topped the charts this year, and where to get more information about protecting yourself from scammers.

Tips

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26 March 2014

Today we are share important information about an income tax scam making the rounds. Please be extra cautious if you receive mail, emails or phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency.

Tips

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17 March 2014

Each year, more than 150,000 British Columbians spend $900 million on privately-sold used vehicles – but do they really know what they’re purchasing? It’s Fraud Prevention Month, and the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC (VSA) is sharing important information with consumers about used vehicle sales. Check out this guest blog post from the VSA to learn how to protect yourself the next time you buy a used car.

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