WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MASS MARKETING FRAUD
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO:
- Insist on learning the full name, address and contact information for any company soliciting your business, personal information or assistance.
- Insist that all solicitors send materials to you in writing so that you are able to study the full details of the offer, as well as any guarantees and/or refund policies.
- Research all solicitors through the Better Business Bureau and/or consumer protection service in the province or city where the company is located.
- To stop receiving telephone solicitations, instruct solicitors to delete your contact information from all call lists and register with the Canadian National Do Not Call List by signing up online at LNNTE-DNCL.gc.ca or by calling the toll-free number 1-866.580.3625.
- Report suspicious telephone marketing calls, mail solicitations or advertisements to your local RCMP by phone or online at www.recol.ca or PhoneBusters at 1.888.495.8501
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO:
- Do not make any payments to either secure a prize or improve your chances of winning a prize.
- Do not be intimidated into making hasty financial decisions by high-pressure sales tactics.
- Do not provide anyone with your sensitive personal or financial information unless it is to an entity whose legitimacy is personally known to you or you personally initiated the contact with the entity.
- Do not send funds via wire or electronic money transfer service unless it is to an entity whose legitimacy is personally known to you or you personally initiated the contact with the entity.
- Do not be lured by offers that are simply too good to be true…they almost certainly are.
If you suspect fraud, contact your local RCMP or submit a tip online at www.recol.ca
SO WHETHER BY PHONE OR AT THE DOOR: JUST SAY ‘NO’