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Competition Bureau Introduces Animations and eBook Format for The Little Black Book of Scams

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/14 -- Competition Bureau

As part of the tenth annual Fraud Prevention Month, the Competition Bureau is introducing the Canadian Edition of The Little Black Book of Scams in a free and convenient ebook format.

One of the Bureau's most popular publications since its launch in 2012, The Little Black Book of Scams can now be downloaded as an ebook for easy viewing on a variety of computers and mobile devices, including e-readers, tablets and smartphones. The book is currently available on the Bureau's website and as a free download on Google Books. It will also be available for free on iTunes at the end of this week.

The Bureau is also introducing a series of animated videos that profile four of the most common types of scams featured in The Little Black Book of Scams. By bringing to life the warnings and advice contained in the booklet, the videos demonstrate the tactics that fraudsters use to deceive consumers and businesses, and show Canadians how they can protect themselves and their families from fraud. The Bureau will profile one video each week throughout Fraud Prevention Month. The first video is available on the Bureau's website now!

Consumers and businesses can consult The Little Black Book of Scams to avoid falling victim to social media and mobile phone scams, fake charities and lotteries, dating and romance scams, and many other schemes used to defraud Canadians of their money and personal information.

Quick Facts

--  The Canadian Edition of The Little Black Book of Scams is a compact and
    easy to use reference guide filled with information Canadians can use to
    protect themselves against a variety of common scams.
--  It offers information on how scams work, how to recognize them, and how
    to report them in order to help law enforcement agencies bring scammers
    to justice.
--  It also debunks common myths about scams and offers a step-by-step guide
    for scam victims on how to reduce their losses and avoid becoming repeat
    victims.

Quote

"Making The Little Black Book of Scams as accessible as possible is part of the Bureau's effort to increase awareness among consumers and businesses about the dangers of fraud. The most effective way for Canadians to protect themselves, and to help law enforcement agencies bring scammers to justice, is knowing how to recognize and report fraud."

John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition

Related Information

- Recognize it. Report it. Stop it. - Competition Bureau Launches Fraud Prevention Month

Associated Links

- Visit the Fraud Prevention section of the Bureau's website for more information on fighting fraud

- The Little Black Book of Scams

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The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

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Information Centre
Competition Bureau
819-997-4282 / Toll free: 1-800-348-5358
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-800-642-3844
www.competitionbureau.gc.ca

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