Welcome to the CAFC website

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

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Wire transfers

If you believe you were a victim of fraud and you made a wire transfer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 you may be eligible to recovery some of your money. Find out how at the Western Union Remission website.

Recent fraudulent activities

Scams targeting seniors

June is Seniors Month, and while this year's theme is "Living the Best Life", many older Canadians continue to fall victim to a number of scams.

Door-to-door scams

Door-to-door salespeople can use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature.

Selling goods online

Consumers who sell merchandise online are susceptible to victimization which can lead to loss of merchandise, funds or both.

Identity theft vs identity fraud

What are the differences between identity theft and identity fraud? What steps can you take to protect yourself?

Are you a victim?

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than 5% of mass marketing fraud is ever reported. Follow these steps if you have been defrauded.

How do I report spam?

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre advises consumers not to open unsolicited emails or when the sender is unknown. Spam and related violations (for example: phishing, malware, deceptive marketing, etc.) can be reported to the enforcement agencies (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada) through the Spam Reporting Centre.

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