March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month and your Orangeville Police Service offers the following tips to help reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of these crimes:

• Don’t be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase.
• Be extra cautious about calls, emails or mailings offering international bonds or lottery tickets, a portion of a foreign dignitary’s bank account, free vacations, credit repair or schemes with unlimited income potential.
• Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection.
• Don’t purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the product, service and company.
• Don’t be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.
• Don’t disclose personal information about your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance and driver’s license numbers to any business that can’t prove it is legitimate.
• Shred unwanted personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills, unwanted receipts, cheques, pre-approved credit applications and old tax returns.
• Check your credit report every year and report problems immediately.
• If a scam artist contacts you, or if you’ve been defrauded: Report it! Your reports are vital to the anti-fraud efforts of law enforcement agencies.
• Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information regarding fraud prevention visit our website: www.orangevillepolice.ca
or call 519-941-2522 extension 2221.

Posted on March 6, 2017