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.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while Canadians continue to fall victim to a number of online scams, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre remains dedicated to assisting in the prevention and fight against Cybercrime. This fraud bulletin was prepared to help Canadians recognize, reject and report these scams.
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
The Equifax breach has left millions vulnerable to identity fraud.
Text messaging scam
Text messaging scams are currently targeting Canadians. Read up on tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Looking for an apartment? Beware of offers that seem too good to be true.
Canadians continue to receive fraudulent texts/emails with job offers.
In the news
RCMP warns of 'virtual kidnapping' scheme
Get Cybersafe Guide for Business
Promote device security in your organization
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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