The Battle Against Fraud Knows No Border
Canada and the United States share comparable cultures, interest for sports and a common border.
Sadly, the border is showing to be no barrier to scams schemes that target victims in both nations. Armed with the Web and cell phones, con artists target victims-many of them older Americans-in these cross-border schemes. Utilizing incorrect names and electronic techniques, they hide who and where they really are.
Fortunately is that the U.S. Postal Examination Service is dealing with Canadian law enforcement to stop these crimes. Avoidance, however, is still the very best medicine. Chief Postal Inspector L.R. Heath motivates consumers to secure themselves by following these ideas:
• • Watch out for anything that assures large sums of loan, such as sweepstakes or lotto profits, in exchange for your advance payment, contribution or financial investment.
• • Do not be pressured into making a decision about a deal. Examine it out first.
• • Be cautious about organisations that try to hide their mailing addresses and phone numbers, and evade concerns about their operations.
• • Understand that if you respond to even one of these “deals,” your name will be contributed to a “mooch” list by these wrongdoers. These are contact lists, just like those utilized by genuine businesses, that track individuals who have actually fallen for rip-offs in the past. They are bought and sold by these criminal enterprises and you can rely on being targeted once again.
The Postal Service’s Consumer Supporter Delores J. Killette said, “Older Americans need to be informed to prevent becoming victims of customer fraud and persuaded that it’s all right to state ‘no’ to solicitations. But their kids, a lot of whom are infant boomers, likewise need to contribute. They have to keep an eye on senior moms and dads and grandparents to secure them from scammers. Battling fraud really is a household matter.” Educated households are the best defense against these fraudsters-if they recognize the warning signs.