If you’ve lost money to a scam or you’ve been the victim of identity theft, please call Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 to book an appointment.

Learn more about mobile internet safety and how to protect yourself from online and email scams.

3 Major Frauds to be aware of:

Romance Scams

  • Never wire or transfer money to someone you have not met
  • Beware of sad stories, plans to visit Canada or tales of family emergenices
  • Be wary of people who say they are out of the country or can never meet

 

Employment Scams

  • Do your research on a company before accepting a job
  • Watch for poor grammer or unrealistic salary
  • A legitimate company will not ask you to forward money for any reason or pay admin fees

 

Home Improvement

  • Say no to cash only deals, high pressure sales tactics or high upfront payments
  • Work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing and insurance
  • Always get a written contract with price, materials, timeline and details about a person's responsibilities

 

Resources

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

You can report suspicious communication to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or to the institution that it appears to be from. You can also learn different types of fraud and how you can protect yourself.

Other Helpful Resources

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