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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Recent fraudulent activities

Continuity scams

Continuity scams largely take place when someone who is online observes a pop-up or advertisement offering a free trial or free gift upon completion of a survey.

Counterfeit merchandise

Protect yourself when buying goods online.

Traffic infringement scams

Have you received an email about a traffic infringement or violation? A "traffic ticket"? Police services do not issue traffic notices by email.

Car wrapping scam

This twist on a job scam involves solicitations to consumers to wrap their vehicle for the purposes of advertising a product.

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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