Every year, thousands of Canadians are targeted by fraud. For those who fall victim, the impact can be devastating: people's life savings, credit ratings, homes and identities have been lost or damaged. To help combat this growing issue, education on fraud prevention is key.
In 2016, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and the Toronto Police Service's Financial Crimes Unit will continue to partner together to host a series of #Fraudchats.
#Fraudchat is a live Twitter chat that takes place on a Thursday each month from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Each #Fraudchat focuses on a different theme related to fraud prevention and includes special guests who are experts on the topic. To join in, consumers simply need to follow the #Fraudchat hashtag on Twitter.
Upcoming #Fraudchat Topics and Dates
Housing Rental Scams – June 16, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Whether you’re an experienced renter, or are looking to move into your first place, it’s important to know how to spot common housing rental scams online. Join us for #Fraudchat to:
- learn about common scenarios for scams that involve the rental of a house, apartment or condominium;
- know how to identify the red flags of a potential rental scam; and
- find out what you should do if you or someone you know is a victim of a rental scam.
Staged Auto Accidents – July 21, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Did you know that some fraudsters deliberately stage auto accidents, so that they can submit insurance claims for fake injuries and auto damage? This is considered auto insurance fraud and it costs us all in the form of higher auto insurance premiums.
If you’re a driver, we encourage you to join us for #Fraudchat to:
- learn about common scenarios for staged auto accidents;
- know how to identify the signs or behaviours that suggest a staged auto accident took place; and
- find out what you should do if you’re a victim of a staged auto accident.