Fraud Prevention

Fraud crimes are on the rise in our city. When it comes to your money, be particularly alert.

General Safety for your Protection:

  • Arrange for direct deposit of any cheques you may regularly receive by mail.
  • Always be careful about providing confidential personal information, especially banking or credit card details, unless you are certain the company is legitimate. And, if you have doubts about a caller, your best defence is to simply hang up.
  • When using any of your cards, protect your PIN.
  • Keep a close watch on  incoming bank and credit card statements.
  • Give only to charities you know and trust.
  • Never rush into something involving your money or property.
  • Always check out offers with friends and family first.
  • Always get a few estimates.
  • Be wary of "something for nothing" or "get rich quick" schemes.
  • Never turn over large sums of money to anybody, especially a stranger, no matter how promising the deal looks.
  • If pressured by a salesperson, refuse to be bullied and say "No Thanks" - walk away, close the door, hang up the phone, etc. - It's Your Right!
  • Do not hesitate to check the credentials of a salesperson or public official.
  • O nly sign contracts or cheques after you've read them and you're certain it's for a legitimate reason.
  • If in doubt, check with a friend, lawyer, accountant or the police.
  • Report suspicious offers or activities to the police immediately.
  • If you don't already own one - invest in a shredder to dispose of old documents that you no longer need.
  • Protect your banking information
  • Choose your Power of Attorney (POA) wisely and be aware that you can change your Power of Attorney at any time
  • Be aware that the moment your Continuing Power of Attorney for Property document is signed and witnessed by two people, the person being given POA status has immediate control over all of your assets, bank accounts and property. Adding a triggering clause to the "Conditions and Restrictions" area of your POA document will limit this access and ensure that it is used only at a time that YOU choose is right for you (for instance when, where, by whom and under what circumstances should the POA document be used/invoked)
  • Consider a joint Power of Attorney (naming two people to share the responsibility). This minimizes the temptation and increases accountability at the same time

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Please note that the Ottawa Police Service does NOT accept reports by e-mail.