If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don't be embarrassed - you're not alone. If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre

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What is fraud?

Fraud is intentional deception. Fraud is a crime. Some types of fraud are referred to as scams or schemes.   Fraud affects all age groups.  Fraud usually causes financial loss for the victim.  The internet has created new opportunities for fraudsters.

The person who is deceived is generally called the victim or mark. The person who does the deceiving is generally called a fraudster, a scam artist, a perpetrator, or a thief.

Fraud can be very profitable for criminals. Fraudsters are hard to catch because they are skilled at what they do, may manage to disappear before being caught, and they may not even be located in Canada.

Victims are often too embarrassed to tell anyone, and so many frauds do not get reported.

Last reviewed March 2023