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How to Protect Yourself from Fraud & Identity Theft

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service receives complaints of fraud and identity theft on a regular basis. It is important that you educate yourself on reoccurring scams, and discuss them with people in your life that may be vulnerable of becoming a victim. The elderly are often targeted by scammers because of their inexperience with technology and the fact many scams look like they are coming from a legitimate source.

Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

  • Never release any personal information over the phone to someone you don’t know, including banking and social insurance information.
  • Remember, legitimate organizations have nothing to hide. You have the right to request additional information, a call back number and references and time to think about the offer.
  • If it sounds too good to be true it likely is.
  • If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of the call, email or communication, hang up or do not respond. It’s not rude, it’s smart.
  • Protect sensitive information by storing it securely or shredding paperwork.
  • Use strong passwords for any online activity and change them regularly.

If you’d like to learn more on how to protect yourself against fraud, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.