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16 May 2017

Coupons can be a great way to save you some money on products or services, but how do you know if one is legitimate or not? Apparently, it’s not as easy as it seems.

We’ve been hearing that coupon scams are starting to gain popularity in the United States and the UK and have resulted in losses of millions of dollars from both consumers and businesses alike, according to the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC). So, to keep British Columbian’s in-the-know we have some tips and tricks to stay savvy to these bogus coupons.  

Other Business

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08 May 2017

We get questions from consumers on a variety of topics through our Inquiry Centre, our Facebook page, Twitter and on our blog. When an issue falls outside of our regulatory power we will happily offer a referral if there is an organization that is better equipped to help you. Read on for examples of some of these types of consumer questions and our answers. 

Tips

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18 April 2017

With so many people on-the-go with their smart phones, tablets, and laptops, public Wi-Fi is available nearly everywhere. As convenient as public Wi-Fi can be, there are some important things to know to protect yourself and your personal information on these networks. We’ve put together some tips from the Government of Canada on how to stay safe and limit your risk when using public Wi-Fi.

Tips

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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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24 May 2016

For many of us, cell phones are an important part of our lives. It’s not just a communication device but it also enables us to store photos, organize our schedule, and connect with friends and family. Unfortunately scammers are also using cell phones as a tool. In this blog post, we would like to share examples of these types of scams.

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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16 November 2015

“Look 20 years younger! Wrinkle cream free trial - $150 value!”

You have likely seen these ads while browsing the web or being social on Facebook. Have you ever tried these products or thought about trying them? It says it’s free…but is it really? Our inquiry centre has recently received calls about these online free trial products – some people asking questions and others found that they had inadvertently agreed to receive expensive products on an ongoing basis. Here are some things to look for before you consider saying yes to “free trial” products.

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.

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