As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping Saanich safe, we have developed this page to provide current information about scams being perpetrated in the area, and scams we have seen in the past. With the help of our Financial Crimes Section we will keep this page current and ensure you have the most recent information.
There are an infinite variety of confidence tricks or con games that people use to make money from unsuspecting victims. No two scams are delivered in exactly the same manner. Many scams are very creative and elaborate and the perpetrators are very polished and persuasive. Scammers use the internet,telephone, mail or personal communications to perpetrate their crimes.
The best way to protect yourself from a scam is to be alert. Do not hesitate to question or verify any transaction you make involving your money or your personal information. Do not allow yourself to feel pressured to make a decision you are not sure of and beware of unsolicited calls or e-mails that concern your finances. Be very careful with your personal and financial information.
Everyone needs to be aware. Seniors can be particularly vulnerable as they are often specifically targeted. If you are scammed do not let embarrassment stop you from calling us and getting the help you need.
By Being Aware You Can Protect Yourself!
BBB and FINRA announce partnership on Smart Investing - see news release
Financial Post Article -Beware of investment fraudsters and their shiny lures
For general information on internet related fraud please see our financial crimes page in the Detective section.
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
RCMP Telemarketing Fraud Pages
BC Securities Commission
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre PhoneBusters (1-888-495-8501)
Internet Crime Complaint Centre
Governement of Canada - Competition Bureau
Public Safety Canada