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You may receive a phone call, an email, a text message or see a screen on your computer. You’ve just won a lottery/a cruise/a shopping spree/a BRAND… Here’s a “winning” formula: Only buy legitimate tickets for lotteries… Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully—claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs.

There are often costs involved with claiming your prize, and even if you do receive a prize, it may not be what was promised to you. Be wary of premium rate phone numbers or premium texts Don’t send money for fees or taxes to people you don’t know and trust… Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.

Informed and aware consumers are important players in an innovation economy.

That’s why we encourage all Canadians to empower themselves by reading and take note of its tips on how to stop fraudsters in their tracks.

Don't be fooled by claims that the offer is legal or has government approval—many scammers will tell you this. Scammers and fraudsters play upon the universal desire to win big… with lottery, sweepstakes and contest scams designed to put money in their pockets… as they profit by making you pay premium text or phone rates, bogus “fees” or hidden costs.

Instead of receiving a grand prize or fortune, you will lose every cent that you send to a scammer. Even worse, many of these scams are designed SPECIFICALLY to steal your banking and other personal information… after which the fraudsters cash in by stealing from you or holding your data for ransom.

We are pleased to bring you the first Canadian edition of The Little Black Book of Scams.

A fake prize scam will tell you that you have won a prize or a contest. and your “scam alert” should be ringing in your head.

One of the best ways to combat this kind of fraud is to take measures to prevent yourself from being caught in the first place.

If you want to stay on top of scams, inform yourself on how to recognize the various types of scams and protect your personal information by visiting law enforcement organizations' websites, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or other reputable organizations.

This booklet in its printed, online and video editions is an important step in that direction. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of their education, age or income.

Scammers use a variety of devious tactics to defraud unsuspecting victims, such as imitating well‑known brands online and using deceptive claims to entice consumers through telemarketing, emails or social media.

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