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OPP Want to Protect You While You’re Online

Do your homework.

That’s the message from the OPP who are trying to protect buyers and sellers from being victims of online fraud. They say that although e-commerce has made it more convenient for everyone, it increases the chances of being a victim.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that $6.3 million was lost country-wide in 2018.

Some of the ways you can protect yourself from being a victim is to:

  • Check the seller’s reviews and look to see if others had a bad experience
  • Do business with reputable individuals and companies
  • Verify their information (phone and email address)
  • Look for pop-ups that direct you away from the original page
  • Understand the payment options, warranty and return policy
  • Check to see if you are covered for fraud with your method of payment
  • If you are the seller, wait until the payment clears before sending the item

If you suspect you’ve been a victim, the OPP advises you to contact your financial services company and your local police. You can file a complaint with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on their website or by calling them toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.

Written by Devon Jolander

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