OTTAWA, March 5, 2014 /CNW/ - March is Fraud Prevention Month and Canada
Post wants to take the opportunity to offer Canadians a few tips to
protect themselves against fraudulent activity. Fraud, identity theft
and other types of scams can happen anywhere - in your mailbox or
recycle bin, via email, on the telephone and more.
Protect personal information on physical mail: Many items delivered through the mail contain personal information
and information that may be targeted by thieves.
Shred any documents that contain personal financial information such as
statements and credit card offers.
Never discard mail with any personal information on it in the recycling
Avoid leaving mail unattended or uncollected from your mailbox for an
extended period as this could make it a target for thieves.
If mail has been delivered incorrectly or if the addressee does not live
at your address, please write "delivered to wrong address" or "not at
this address" on the front of the envelope and deposit in the red
street letterbox at your earliest convenience.
Digital mail security: Even mail pieces delivered electronically are subject to fraudulent
If you keep a copy of your electronic bills, sign up with epost™ and keep all bills and statements in one secure location for which
you'll have to remember only one username and one password.
Use a service such as Vaulttm from epost to safely store important personal information such as
passwords, bank account information, passport, will and medical
Hold Mail and Mail Forwarding services: Canada Post offers services to help prevent mail theft, and protect
Canadians' mail and identity.
If you are planning a holiday during March break, arrange for someone to
pick up your mail or use Canada Post's Hold Mail service to ensure your mail is held safely while you're away.
If you are moving, use Canada Post's Mail Forwarding service to guarantee that your mail won't be delivered to the new
occupants of your old address.
Fraud-related offences are now thought to be as profitable as
drug-related offences, estimated at between $10 and $30 billion
annually in Canada by the RCMP's Commercial Crime Branch.
SOURCE: Canada Post
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