Rob Clark BA (Econ.), CFP®, MBA
What to do if you think you have been targeted by scammers
Report suspicious telephone or e-mail communications by contacting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) right away. This government agency collects information on financial scams and identity theft in Canada directly from the public. Contact the centre by phone at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca to report a scam or attempted scam online.
Victims of fraud are also encouraged to speak to their local police service by contacting a non-emergency provincial hotline.
If you believe that your banking or credit card information may have been fraudulently obtained, speak to your bank or credit card issuer. Often, their contact information can be found on the back of your bank and credit cards. You may also contact the credit bureaus Equifax at 1-800-465-7166 and TransUnion at 1-800-663-9980.
Staying informed and vigilant when it comes to protecting your personal and financial information may seem like common sense, as does forming day-to-day habits that reinforce your awareness of these scams, such as always understanding who you are dealing with whenever information is being requested. Many people in Canada, however, will fall victim to these scams without having any idea that they have been targeted.
If at any time you wish to discuss any aspect of your financial security, please contact me.
Assante does not provide security consulting or other similar services but we are happy to discuss any general concerns that you may have and to provide information regarding the use of Assante’s secure file sharing service, Client Portal.
This material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources however no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please make sure to see a professional advisor for individual financial advice based on your personal circumstances. Wealth planning services may be provided by an accredited Assante Advisor or Assante Private Client, a division of CI Private Counsel LP. Please visit www.assante.com/legal.jsp or contact Assante at 1-800-268-3200 for information with respect to important legal and regulatory disclosures relating to this notice.