When it comes to fraud and scamming, criminals are spending all their time attempting to think of new ways to steal your money. Some of the most prominent methods of this include telephone scams, cheque fraud, bank examiner scams, grandparent scams, romance scams, and email phishing just to name a few. If an individual is to ever find themselves in a situation that feels too good to be true, then trust your instincts and ask for a number to verify anything that which seems doubtful. The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has also compiled a section of safety tips centering on fraud prevention and avoidance, which can be found on their website www.vancouver.ca/police/preventing-fraud.
Telephone fraud can be identified as an unauthorized use of a phone service to con individuals out of their money through the phone. Individuals should beware of callers telling them that they have won a lottery, or have won a roundtrip cruise trip to Mexico and need to send some money in before they can be given their prize. Overall, you should not believe what they are saying if they do not know the caller or company, and if you are unsure for the caller, then hang up and check out the caller ID or use a known phone number to call back to a friend or relative. Some other tips of advice recommended by the VPD include: 1) never disclose information about your bank, chequing account, or credit card through the phone, 2) do not be afraid to hang up the telephone, and 3) don’t purchase or invest without carefully checking the product, the investment, and the company. Telephone scams can occur multiple times on a daily base, and it is no surprise that almost everybody will encounter a situation such as this sooner or later in their lifetime.
In relation to cheque fraud, never throw your old cheques into the garbage and shred them into very small pieces instead. Also never record your PIN on your card, loan it to someone else, or enter your PIN into an ATM when someone is in a position to see what you type. Overall, individuals should be mindful and more self-aware when it comes to situations that could perceivably be a scam. Be cautious about your credit card information, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts, and always think twice before giving personal information.For more information on all of the other forms of fraud out there, individuals can find more helpful tips and preventive measures at www.vancouver.ca/police/crime-prevention or on the Chinese Community Policing Centre website at www.chinesecpc.com