The RCMP have asked, and it”s a good idea, that we remind you that during the holiday period some fraud schemes ramp up. Especially ones where you are asked to send money because it is urgent.
If a relative contacts you asking for emergency money and they are off in a place you didn’t expect them to be do not send them money before you check to see if this person really is who they say they are. Try getting in touch with them or their friends and family in the way you normally would and ask them to help you verify the request is real.
If you get an email or phone call from the ‘Canada Revenue Agency’ do not comply with the requests or click on the links. the CRA is not calling or emailing – if they have something important to notify you about they will send you real, registered, mail. Instead look up the contact information for the CRA and get in touch with them yourself. The CRA has a section in its website called “Protect yourself against fraud” dedicated to this.
Other places you can learn more to protect yourself:
- The RCMP Season’s thievings: ID fraud and holiday shopping
- Scam Busters on Holiday Scams
- The Better Business Bureau wants you to Avoid These Holiday Scams
- PC World talks about 10 sneaky holiday phishing scams
- The FBI say is ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Scams