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Protect Yourself Online!

  • NEVER share your passwords and select a complex password of letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Beware of Internet promotions that ask for personal information. Identity thieves may use phoney offers to get you to give them your information.
  • After completing any sort of financial transaction online, make sure you sign out of the website and clear your Internet file/cache.
  • Before giving your credit card number or other financial information to a business, make sure that their website is protected and secured. Look for a lock symbol located somewhere on the browser or make sure the URL begins with "https://".
  • Chain letters and phoney investment schemes try to win your  confidence with false promises of incredible returns - they're only after your personal and/or credit information. There are many types of investment frauds and scams. Many are convincing and look very real. To learn more about investing and making good investment decisions, visit www.investorED.ca.
  • Teach children to keep their identities confidential in chat rooms, bulletin boards or newsgroups.
  • It is estimated that 60 per cent of young people in Canada use social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace. Identity thieves can take simple information such as your birthday or your pet's name, as clues to common passwords and steal your identity.
  • Install fire-wall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, and security software and keep it up-to-date.

Resources:

OACP Crime Prevention Identity Theft