POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 85 TIPS of the Month* to help you avoid on-line scams: Never provide details about your bank accounts or credit cards by e-mail, over the phone or by fax, before doing background checks. Always seek independent advice if an offer involves time pressure, providing personal information, or sending money, particularly if it is for a job or an investment opportunity. If the offer is legitimate, they can wait a day or two for a response. If you receive a cheque and are asked to return an “overpayment” portion using a money transfer company... Beware! *provided by the Competition Bureau. For more tips, contact the Competition Bureau at or call 1-800-348-5358 or one of the other Partners listed below Catching the criminals who commit fraud is critical. That’s why Partners Against Fraud offers tips to help you recognize it, report it and STOP it. To report a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.caor call 1-888-495-8501. What is Partners Against Fraud? Partners Against Fraud (The Partners) exists as a network of representatives from participating organizations who: Share an interest in raising public awareness about fraud and how to avoid being victimized by fraud; Work together to promote public awareness at key public events and during Fraud Prevention Month (March); Promote a common message to ‘Recognize It. Report It. Stop It’ The Partners: Share information about fraud and ideas on how to raise public awareness; Increase public awareness as to the tactics used by deceptive and fraudulent operators in the market place; Empower the public to say “no” to potential scams; Encourage the public to report al incidences of suspicious and potentially fraudulent activity to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at or call 1-888-495-8501; Ultimately, help to decrease the number of victims of fraud in Nova Scotia. Who are the Partners? Bank of Canada (Currency) The Bank of Canada is the country’s sole bank note-issuing authority and is responsible for designing, producing, and distributing Canada’s bank notes. Canada’s paper money contains security features that are easy to use to make sure that the money you accept is real and not counterfeit. Checking these features keeps fake bills out of retailers’ tills, customers’ change and Canada’s cash supply. There is no refund for fake money. Learn how to check your bills by visiting the Bank’s website. Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces (BBB) The BBBis a non-profit organization that has been serving Maritime consumers and business since 1949. We provide pre-purchase inquiry information on companies, complaint services, dispute resolution services and information on scams. Complaint line: 902-422-6581 Canada Post Canada Post has been a trusted carrier of Canadians’ mail for over 150 years. Protecting our customers’ mail and personal information is our Partners Against Fraud Continued