That's Life - March 9, 2022

Like I said last week, every month, week and day seems to have a special theme. The month of March is also Fraud Prevention Month. Every month should be Fraud Prevention Month.

By now, most of us have received countless telephone scams. How about those letters from Nigeria promising endless riches. Identity theft is ever-increasing and I, for one, have had my credit card compromised on several occasions.

Over the years I have had people in my office who have lost fortunes on get-rich-quick stock transactions, diamond mines that didn’t exist and the old Revenue Canada scam that tells you, over the phone, that you owe a fortune and you are going to jail unless you send money or they tell you to call a particular number for details on your case. When you do, you go directly to hold and as you patiently wait for information, you are being charged a fortune. Remember! Revenue Canada does not phone you!

I noticed another concern this morning that we should all be concerned about. It’s about having your credit cards hacked remotely. New credit cards cases are now available that can block any kind of scans by scam artists just passing by. We seriously have to defend ourselves from this world-wide invasion of what’s rightfully ours.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are being targeted by a scam, visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn about common scam-types. If you have been the victim of fraud, report it to the Three Hills RCMP, and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on-line at www.antifraudcenter.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501. Be sure to contact your bank and credit card company if you believe your personal or financial information has been compromised.

Now, don’t forget to spring ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13. The actual time of the switch is 2 am for all of our auto-change devices. Do yourself a favour and set your manual clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

That’s Life.