Telemarketing scams


Fraudsters develop elaborate stories and scenarios to make you believe they are legitimate. Below are just some of the on-going scams being used by fraudsters to trick potential victims out of their personal information and/or money.

Read on to learn the many warning signs and ways to protect yourself.

Tax scams

Any phone call or email from someone claiming to work with the Canada Revenue Agency

Emergency scams

Any phone call or email from someone claiming to be a friend or family member who is in some kind of trouble

Extortion scams

Any person who unlawfully obtains money, property or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion

Prize scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation advising victims they have won – or have a chance to win – a prize

Investment scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent investment opportunity, often offering higher than normal return

Vacation scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation in which an advance fee is required to secure or hold a vacation

Service scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent promotion or solicitation for services

Immigration scams

Any phone call or email from someone claiming to work with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Timeshare scams

Timeshare scams range from hidden booking or maintenance fees to more extreme cases

Call ID spoofing

Caller ID spoofing disguises telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display

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