Mail fraud and spam

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Receiving unsolicited mail is not only bothersome, but might also put your personal or financial information at risk. Take the steps to protect yourself against postal mail fraud. Learn how to lower the amount of addressed marketing offers you receive in your mailbox.

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Recognizing mail scams

Some individuals or organizations try to reach would-be victims by mail. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the three most common types of mail fraud are:

Visit their web page on Mail scams to learn how to recognize the different types of mail fraud.

Protecting yourself against mail fraud

Follow these tips to spot and reject mail fraud:

Reporting postal mail fraud

Mail fraud is a crime. If you believe you've been the victim of mail fraud, report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Reducing unwanted mail spam

You can reduce the amount of addressed marketing offers you receive in your mailbox by registering with the Canadian Marketing Association's Do Not Mail Service.  Your name will be kept on their list for six years.

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