Fraud Prevention Month 2021: Protect yourself while shopping online

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March is Fraud Prevention Month and AMVIC is once again partnering with the Competition Bureau’s Fraud Prevention Forum to raise awareness on fraud and educate consumers and industry on how to recognize, reject and report fraud.

Be aware of fraud online

The internet is a gold mine for fraudsters such as curbers. Curbers are unlicensed sellers, often selling damaged, stolen or odometer-tampered vehicles. Curbers may post on classified websites such as Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace, enticing buyers with the promise of a good deal. They often pretend to be private sellers to lower any suspicions that they are running an illegal business.

When shopping online, make sure you know what a curber is and the potential financial stress, headache and fraud you could find yourself in.

New online shopping guide from AMVIC

AMVIC has a new online shopping guide to help you become aware of your rights under the Internet Sales Contract Regulation (ISCR). Shopping online with an AMVIC-licensed business offers you protections under the ISCR, as well as the Consumer Protection Act and Automotive Business Regulation. These protections do not apply to private sales. Check out the new guide along with other helpful consumer guides on amvic.org.

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