01 March 2011
It's Fraud Prevention Month - Know Your Rights!
Written by Michelle
Did you know that March is Fraud Prevention Month? Last year, Consumer Protection BC wrote four columns for this national initiative. The columns were all based on situations experienced by BC consumers who had contacted our organization for help.
For this week’s blog I am encouraging everyone to read the columns we wrote last year. They are all interesting situations where you can ask yourself “What Would You Do?” Here are descriptions of what they are about.
The Case of the Swindled Senior: Everyone knows that seniors are targets for fraud. Read this case to find out more about the signs to look out for signs of fraud and pass the information along to seniors you know. You could be helping them avoid a devastating situation!
The Case of the Renovation Rip-Off: This is a story about a fellow named Bill who signed a contract and paid for the work upfront. He waited and waited for the contractors to come and complete the work to be done, but they never came. Read this case to find out some important tips about preventing this type of situation.
The Case of the Tempting T-Bird: Have you ever seen ads which promise short term loans in exchange for a small upfront fee? In this story, Jeremy is interested in buying his first car but he’s just a little short on cash. If you were in this situation, what would you do?
The Case of the Sneaky Serviceman: What would you do if someone provided you a service that you never actually requested? What if they told you that if you didn’t pay the bill would be sent to collections? What are you rights in this type of situation? Read the Case of the Sneaky Serviceman to find out!
This year for Fraud Prevention Month, we will have some new interesting cases for you to read! We will also be attending the Senior’s Expo in Victoria on March 15th at Pearkes Recreation Centre.
Published in Tips.
Michelle works in the Consumer Protection BC Inquiry Centre. She answers calls and emails from consumers and businesses on a wide variety of topics which makes her the perfect person to share her knowledge and experiences with you.