Today's Montréal Gazette has three major stories on a series of financial fraud events that have turned up recently.
Accordingly, we all need to be extra vigilant when it comes to our finances, be it online or with the cash we carry in our wallets. On an annual basis, you should consider obtaining your own personal credit report to review for any unauthorized activity.
You can make your free request with this link: http://www.equifax.com/EFX_Canada/co...ort_form_e.pdf
This Week Alone:
1.) A series of bogus $20 Canadian bills continue to circulate widely throughout Canada even though the RCMP shut down the operation suspected of producing them more than a month ago. More than 9,000 fake bills have turned up in banks and stores since the December 18 Montréal bust;
2.) TJX Companies Inc., which operates 252 Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada, announced it had been the victim of "an unauthorized intrusion into its computer systems" in the USA resulting in the theft of credit card data of its customers in Canada; and
3.) A backup computer file at CIBC / Talvest Mutual Funds was lost which contained names, addresses, signatures, date of birth, bank account numbers, beneficiary information and Social Insurance Numbers of 470,000 current and former clients.
Articles in Today’s Montreal Gazette:
$20 Canadian bills: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...67a8b9&k=79477
Winners and HomeSense: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...2-c01a74997f98
CIBC / Talvest Mutual Funds: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...2-d779a91df9d7
Useful Links to the Different Branches of the Government to Consult:
Government of Canada – Public Safety Portal (Identity Theft Questions and Answers): http://www.safecanada.ca/identitytheft_e.asp
Bank of Canada – Counterfeiting Prevention: http://www.bank-banque-canada.ca/en/...faq/index.html
RCMP – Scams: http://www.rcmp.ca/scams/index_e.htm
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada – Identity Theft Fact Sheet: http://www.privcom.gc.ca/fs-fi/02_05_d_10_e.asp
Office of Consumer Affairs / Industry Canada – Privacy & Identity Protection Resources: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/inter..._ca02226e.html
Hope the above is useful.