March is Fraud Prevention Month and the theme this year is “online fraud prevention.” Fraud happens when you are tricked into giving away your personal information, like your credit card numbers or your bank account information, and then someone uses them without your permission.
The good news is that most frauds can be prevented by knowing some of the most common tricks used by people who commit fraud. The more you know about fraud, the less likely you are to let them fool you.
Every day during the month of March, the RCMP is featuring one fraud prevention safety tip. Some of these tips include:
- If a charity that you don’t know contacts you by mail, phone, internet or text message, be careful! It may be fake.
- Never use a public access computer like in a library or a wireless network when banking or shopping online.
- If you see e-mails from an address you don’t recognize, delete them immediately, and never download attachments from people you don’t know.
- Never provide personal information such as your social insurance number, date of birth, credit card numbers or passwords over the telephone when someone calls you.
- Help yourself get and stay cyber-safe by visiting the RCMP website for a full list of fraud prevention tips.
And remember! While the RCMP is highlighting fraud awareness and prevention this month, it’s important to be aware of it and protect yourself and your personal information all year long. For more on how you can be safe online, read our tips or take our online safety quiz!