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Identity theft is when someone uses your identity to obtain possessions or services without your knowledge.  To avoid being a victim of identity theft or fraud, it is important that you pay attention for "red flags", such as receiving an anonymous phone call from someone saying they are in trouble and need money.  You need to do background work by verifying who the caller is and that you know them before giving them any personal or financial information about yourself. 

If you have questions about this issue, please call your local police department for more information.

 

 

Additional Resources

Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Scams & Fraud
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Ontario: How to avoid or recover from identity theft
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