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"If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!"

 

National Crime Prevention Safety Tips

Telemarketing Fraud 

 "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!"

Not Every Phone call is welcomeUse of the telephone for the sale of a wide range of services or products can be an effective, legitimate marketing tool for any number of Canadian businesses. However, the legitimacy of well-known companies has provided an excellent opportunity for criminals.

Criminals use the same techniques as legitimate companies, but hide behind the anonymity of the telephone and attempt to defraud thousands and thousands of Canadians each year.

 

Tips

RCMPThe RCMP is involved in a National Task Force known as Project Phonebusters that was established to combat telemarketing fraud. A few basic suggestions from Project Phonebusters should help ensure that you do not fall victim to the tactics of fraudulent telemarketers:

·         DO NOT believe that everyone calling with an exciting promotion or investment opportunity is trustworthy, especially if you do not know the caller or their company.

·   Don't make your Life a Cliff Hanger      DO NOT invest or purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the investment, product, service, and the company.

·         DO NOT be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.

·         DO NOT be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low cost purchase.

·         DO NOT be pressured to send money to take advantage of a "special offer or deal."

·         DO NOT be hurried into sending money to claim a prize that is available for only a "few hours"

·         DO NOT disclose information about your finances, bank accounts or credit cards ( not even the credit card expiry date).

·         DO NOT be afraid to hang-up the phone.

·         DO contact Project Phonebusters if you are contacted by someone who promises you great prizes, but you are required to send money in advance for shipping, handling, taxes, etc.

·         DO contact Project Phonebusters if you are contacted by someone who says that you have won a prize, but you have to purchase a product to qualify.

Please contact Project Phonebusters to lodge a complaint or request more information:

·         Toll-free telephone: 1-888-495-8501

·         Toll-free fax: 1-888-654-9426

·         Website: www.phonebusters.com

·         Mail: Box 686, North Bay, Ontario P1B 8J8

Or, contact the Competition Bureau of Industry Canada at:

·         Toll-free telephone: 1-800-348-5358

·         e-mail: compbureau@ic.gc.ca

·         Website: http://competition.ic.gc.ca

 

RCMP Graciously provided permission to use their suggestions

This information was posted compliments of Peter and Linda Pfann, a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA)®.  CPCAs are committed to providing exceptional service, and have supplemented their professional training by learning about the unique and changing needs of the 50+ population.  Make sure that the professionals serving you have taken the time and made the commitment to learn more about YOU!  To find CPCAs in good standing in your area, go to www.CPCAcanada.com.

To Find out how we serve Boomers and Seniors, please call me at 250-213-9490 or info@pfanntastic.com .

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490  

peterpfann@gmail.com  www.pfanntastic.com

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2

 

Comments

Great tips to pass along -  thanks!  It is shocking how many fraudsters are out there preying on people; especially seniors. 

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hi Susan,

In and around Victoria, with a high percentage of seniors, we hear of some scam, just about every week.

thanks for visiting, and your comments.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, I think that's one of the golden rules of life, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Thanks for passing along this link, I'm sure there are a lot of scammers out there who need to be stopped.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Hi Malcolm,

thanks for your comments and feedback, attended a meeting just this morning about what is all happening, the sarry part is that a number of the Scams or abuses are actually happening inside of the family.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 9 years ago

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