Welcome to the CAFC website
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while Canadians continue to fall victim to a number of online scams, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre remains dedicated to assisting in the prevention and fight against Cybercrime.
Recent fraudulent activities
SIM card swap scam
Fraudsters are using SIM swapping and phone number porting to gain access to your email, social media and financial accounts
Phone Verification Authentication scams
Be cautious of who you receive verification codes from on your cell phone
Guaranteed free money sounds like a guaranteed scam
CNP orders can put your business at risk
Have you received a call from 1-888-495-8501?
This is the toll free number for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and it's being spoofed. No representative from our office is trying to reach you. Fraudsters are masking their phone number with ours.
When you miss a call and the caller doesn't leave a message, don't return the call. If it's important, they'll call you back. If it's a long distance number, you could be charged long distance fees.
Are you a victim?
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than 5% of mass marketing fraud is ever reported. Follow these steps if you have been defrauded.
How do I report spam?
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre advises consumers not to open unsolicited emails or when the sender is unknown. Spam and related violations (for example: phishing, malware, deceptive marketing, etc.) can be reported to the enforcement agencies (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada) through the Spam Reporting Centre.
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