March is Fraud Prevention Month

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AMVIC is once again joining Fraud Prevention Forum members along with governments across the country to help consumers understand different types of fraud. Consumers and businesses alike need to be able to recognize and report fraud.

When it comes to vehicle purchases, do you know how to spot a curber? Fraudsters can use technology to disguise their identity and true actions, for instance, curbers (or unlicenced vehicle sellers) can have multiple vehicles for sale under different names but often have the same phone number attached to every online advertisement.

Document accuracy protects you and ensures the correct information is being recorded, including on bills of sale or financing applications. Double check all documents before signing to make sure everything is correct.

AMVIC has free, easy to use consumer guides to help consumers avoid fraud and take steps to protect themselves. Being an educated consumer before, during and after a vehicle transaction puts control into the hands of each consumer. AMVIC has developed helpful consumer guides regarding:

Remember, fraud can take many forms, from curbers, to a vehicle with undisclosed damage, to even forged signatures and fake credit applications. Visit to find more ways on how you can protect yourself and to report fraud.

For information on this year’s federal Fraud Prevention Month theme, “Tricks of the trade: What’s in a fraudster’s toolbox?”, visit the Competition Bureau’s website.