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I’ve just read your newsletter & have something to add under your heading of “Scams & Frauds”.  A few years ago, I attended a lecture series sponsored by Durham Lifelong Learning.  One of the lectures was led by 2 presenters, a Durham Region police officer & a representative from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.  Their focus was on the frauds & scams directed at seniors.  The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is the central agency in Canada that collects information & criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g. telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g. West African letters), internet fraud, & identify theft complaints.

Phone scams
I would also add they talked about fake CRA telephone scams (probably falls under the advance fee fraud category).  The presenter & the police officer emphasized that, if you are the victim of or if you have been approached by any of these fraudsters, contact either them or your local police department immediately.  Their telephone number is
Ph 1-888-495-8501

From the plain of Spain
On a personal note, I have been approached by both the CRA scammers as well as having received a letter from Spain (!) regarding inheritance.  I took the letter to the Durham police who told me that this is quite a common ploy (similar to the West African one).  I think it would be a public service to include the CAFC’s telephone number in your next newsletter.  By the way, they have a website you might want to visit.
ML

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