30 March 2011
Educate Yourself About Fraud
Written by Michelle
March is coming to an end and with it we are wrapping up Fraud Prevention Month. Over the past five weeks, we have been sharing this year’s “What Would You Do?” columns which are based on real life consumer situations. Have you read them? Here they are!
The Case of the Sweet Talking Swindler: Ever had someone come knocking on your door trying to sell you something? Do you know your rights when this happens? In these situations, time is of the essence. Read this case to find out more!
The Case of the Greedy Grandson: What happens if collection agents insist on calling someone who doesn’t actually owe the debt? This is one area that Consumer Protection BC receives quite a few inquiries. Find out about your rights and read this case.
The Case of the Loan Shark Lender: Have you ever used a payday lending service? Do you know the new laws about payday loans and what your rights are? This case has some great information about things to look for when you use a payday lender.
The Case of the Fraudulent Furnace Installer: When you pay a deposit you expect to receive goods or services in return. This being said, sometimes it is illegal for businesses to take large deposits. It’s always a good idea to know your rights whenever you are giving money out in advance. Read this case to find out more.
The Case of the Desperate Debtor: Debt is becoming a more common issue that can be stressful to deal with. There are different agencies that are specifically meant to assist consumers with managing their debt and they all operate in different ways. To know what to look out for, read this case!
To read last year’s cases, check out a blog I wrote a few weeks ago here.
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.