You may receive a phone call, an email, a text message or see a screen on your computer.
There are often costs involved with claiming your prize, and even if you do receive a prize, it may not be what was promised to you.
Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully—claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs.
Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
The Competition Bureau works to protect all Canadians by cracking down on deceptive marketers and ensuring consumers have the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions.
Our aims to increase your awareness of the many different kinds of fraud that target Canadians.
The scammers make their money by making you pay fees or taxes, call their premium rate phone numbers or send premium text messages to claim your prize.
You can make a difference not only in your own life, but in the lives of the people you care about by recognizing, rejecting and reporting fraud.
This booklet in its printed, online and video editions is an important step in that direction. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of their education, age or income.
Scammers use a variety of devious tactics to defraud unsuspecting victims, such as imitating well‑known brands online and using deceptive claims to entice consumers through telemarketing, emails or social media.
Informed and aware consumers are important players in an innovation economy.
That’s why we encourage all Canadians to empower themselves by reading and take note of its tips on how to stop fraudsters in their tracks.