To protect yourself out there in the ‘real' world, here are some things that identity thieves will do to steal your personal information: If you do have the misfortune of having your personal information compromised, the best thing you can do after addressing the immediate aftermath is to become as knowledgeable as you can about protecting yourself in the future.
Just as you wouldn't stop driving after a traffic accident, you can't be expected to stop using a computer if you become a victim of identity theft. Keep these tips in mind at all times to help keep you safe: If you'd like more information on protecting yourself from offline fraud, visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
But do ensure you take all the necessary precautions when you use your computer, phone or other devices going forward. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner can also offer further information on protecting oneself from online threats, protecting yourself from spam and protecting privacy online.
An advance-fee scam is a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.
The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.