Holiday scams

Buying merchandise online

Make sure the website you’re buying from is legitimate. Fraudsters can easily create websites that look like legitimate manufacturers. They offer deep discounts to encourage buyers, but you might receive:

  • Counterfeit products
  • Lesser-valued goods
  • Unrelated goods
  • Nothing at all

Get more information about how to protect yourself when buying merchandise online.

Selling goods online

If you’re selling products or services online this holiday season, be suspicious of payment offers that are more than the asking price.  

Find out more about protecting yourself when selling items online.

Donating to charities

The end of the year is a busy season for charities looking for donations. Fraudsters will take advantage of this and use the names of legitimate charities to collect money from you.

You should confirm the charity is registered with Canada Revenue Agency before providing any personal or financial information.

Were you a victim?

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Toll-free: 1-888-495-8501

Competition Bureau of Canada
Toll-free: 1-800-348-5358

Ontario Provincial Police
Toll-free: 1-888-310-1122

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Toll-free: 1-866-461-3222

Better Business Bureau
(BBB Locator Tool)


Fraud: Recognize, report and stop it!

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