Canadians are fighting back against identity theft scammers, finds a new national survey.
Most people shred their banking and credit card statements (72%) and refuse to share personal financial information through email (68%).
Other highlights include:
- More than half of Canadians (61%) don’t give out personal information on the phone.
- Fifty-nine percent of people always cover the keypad when entering their PIN at stores or bank machines.
- Most people (60%) make sure shopping websites are encrypted.
- More than half (56%) of those polled don’t check bank accounts or investments when using public computers.
- Many people (51%) notify their banks and credit card companies when they travel abroad.
- Almost half (49%) don’t like using their SIN as identification.
Still, people need to cautious since fraud and ID theft incidences in Canada remain widespread. Nearly a third (29%) of those polled say they’ve been victims of some form of financial fraud.
The most common types of fraud are: credit and debit card fraud (71% and 28%, respectively) identity theft (7%), email fraud and online fraud (each at 6%), and fraudulent investment schemes (5%).
“The sad truth is that most cases of fraud go unreported and this benefits the fraudsters,” says Daniel Williams, senior call center supervisor for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. He adds people can report actual or suspected fraud by visiting www.antifraudcentre.ca or calling 1-888-495-8501.