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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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Western Union money transfers

If scammers had you pay via Western Union, you can now file a claim to get money back.

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union's money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to Federal Trade Commission Western Union Refunds. Canadian consumers are eligible to make claims. All claims must be filed by February 12, 2018.

Recent fraudulent activities

Counterfeit merchandise

Beware of fraudulent websites offering counterfeit merchandise online. Protect yourself when shopping online

Charity/donation scams

Scammers continue to prey on the generosity of Canadians. Learn to spot charity and donation scams and avoid becoming a victim.

Loan scams

Be aware of loan scams and learn tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

Card Not Present (CNP) Fraud

This fraud continues to target Canadian businesses. Read more about the trends and patterns associated to the fraud as well as warning signs.

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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