Scams

The supposed winnings in a sweepstakes scam. The catch? The ‘winner’ was asked to send $1,000 in gift cards to claim their ‘prize’. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Watch out for sweepstakes ‘win’ scam that can cost thousands

If you have to pay to claim a prize, chances are it’s a scam

 

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How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

 

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to fall for an “every child matters” orange shirt scam that is circulating from a Facebook advertisement. (Website/TeeToro)

T-shirt scammers falsely claim to support Indigenous causes, BBB warns

‘Opportunists trying to take advantage of a horrible tragedy is nothing new,” says Karla Laird

 

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)

B.C. Cancer Foundation canvassers going door-to-door

Residents asked to support monthly donor program, but warned canvassers do not take cash

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)
The senior was called on March 31 and told to mail the cash to an address overseas. (Pixabay)

B.C. senior scammed into sending $20K overseas, hidden between books

Vancouver police, in a coordinated effort with UK enforcement agencies, were able to intercept the mailed money

The senior was called on March 31 and told to mail the cash to an address overseas. (Pixabay)
How much is that doggy in the window? Cost is just one thing to think about when buying a puppy, particularly online. (Photo credit: kim_hester/Pixabay)

Puppy scam hits close to home as fraudsters use Cache Creek address

Ashcroft RCMP warning people searching for pets online to be careful out there

How much is that doggy in the window? Cost is just one thing to think about when buying a puppy, particularly online. (Photo credit: kim_hester/Pixabay)
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Home un-improvement: do your homework when choosing a contractor

Building season is almost here, so don’t get taken for a ride when it comes to contractors

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The Canada Revenue Agency is encouraging Canadians to file their tax returns online this year, which could open the door for scammers who are trying to make some easy money or get hold of personal information. (Photo credit: QuoteInspector)

Income tax season scam artists back for another busy year

With Canadians being urged to file returns online, scammers have more opportunities than ever

The Canada Revenue Agency is encouraging Canadians to file their tax returns online this year, which could open the door for scammers who are trying to make some easy money or get hold of personal information. (Photo credit: QuoteInspector)
A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)

B.C. home put up for sale without owner’s knowledge

Neighbour thwarts real estate scam with a phone call

A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)
Vancouver police are warning of a surge in scams involving cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, a form of digital currency, using the promises of romance or financial gain through virtual investment. (Pixabay)

Nearly $2M stolen in one week through cryptocurrency scams, say Vancouver police

Scammers exploit victims with fake promises of romance or financial gain through investments

Vancouver police are warning of a surge in scams involving cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, a form of digital currency, using the promises of romance or financial gain through virtual investment. (Pixabay)
The Better Business Bureau is warning people of a sizable increase in gift card scams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gift card scam losses nearly tripled in three years: Better Business Bureau

Consumers over 65 most likely to lose money according to study

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of a sizable increase in gift card scams. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Canada Revenue Agency sign outside the National Headquarters at the Connaught Building in Ottawa is seen on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

CRA locking over 800,000 taxpayers out of their online accounts

Tax agency says some usernames and passwords may have been obtained by ‘unauthorized third parties’

The Canada Revenue Agency sign outside the National Headquarters at the Connaught Building in Ottawa is seen on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. is warning of soliciting phone calls from imposters posing as team members. (Black Press - file photo)

Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. warns of scammers

Organization does not solicit donations by phone

The Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. is warning of soliciting phone calls from imposters posing as team members. (Black Press - file photo)
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Fraudsters projected to use pet scams to gouge over $3M from customers: BBB

The pandemic heavily contributed to the number of puppy scams

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As the peak shopping season gets underway, scammers are out in force with new ways to part consumers from their cash. (Photo credit: Better Business Bureau)

Amazon imposters out to trick, not treat, consumers so beware

With more and more people shopping online, fraudsters are trying to take advantage of customers

As the peak shopping season gets underway, scammers are out in force with new ways to part consumers from their cash. (Photo credit: Better Business Bureau)
The Noom app displayed on the Apple App Store on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Apple App Store)

Better Business Bureau issues warnings over billing for weight loss app Noom

Bureau warned customers to read terms carefully when they sign up for a free trial, especially for health and wellness apps.

The Noom app displayed on the Apple App Store on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Apple App Store)
People across North America have been receiving packets of mysterious seeds they didn’t order, probably as part of a ‘brushing’ scam intended to create bogus customer reviews. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

‘Brushing’ scam involving unordered goods such as seeds on the rise

Scammers use unordered merchandise to make glowing reviews look legitimate

People across North America have been receiving packets of mysterious seeds they didn’t order, probably as part of a ‘brushing’ scam intended to create bogus customer reviews. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
It looks real, but can you tell at a glance if gold jewellery is the genuine article or a shiny fake? Con artists are once more in the Central Interior, taking advantage of people via the fake gold scam. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

All that glitters is not gold: an old scam is back in business

‘Fake gold’ con artists are back doing the rounds in the Central Interior

It looks real, but can you tell at a glance if gold jewellery is the genuine article or a shiny fake? Con artists are once more in the Central Interior, taking advantage of people via the fake gold scam. (Photo credit: Pixabay)
The RCMP are warning people in the southern interior of B.C. to be on lookout for scammers selling fake gold. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

RCMP warn of fake gold scam in southeastern B.C.

Scammers often ask for help and offer fake jewelry as collateral

  • Jul 16, 2020
The RCMP are warning people in the southern interior of B.C. to be on lookout for scammers selling fake gold. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Considering home improvements? Make sure to do your homework

Considering home improvements? Make sure to do your homework

Con artist contractors can cause headaches for homeowners

Considering home improvements? Make sure to do your homework