Don't be the victim of identity theft and other common scams.
Concerned about being a victim of identity theft or other scams? Many others are, too.
A recent study by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) revealed that 66 percent of the 1,001 Canadians surveyed worry about fraudsters stealing their identity, and 71 percent think electronic payment methods make it easier for crooks to gather personal information.
Doretta Thompson, director of corporate citizenship at CPA Canada, says using strong passwords and verifying who you're dealing with before doling out cash or personal information is a must. "You are the gatekeeper of your info," she says. "If you're uneasy about making an online purchase from a specific site, don't do it. It's better to be safe than sorry."