Service Scams


Narrator: Ever heard this one? Telephone voice: Hello? Mrs Smith?

I’m sorry to tell you, but your COMPUTER is DEATHLY ILL!

It’s on its LAST LEGS! It’s going to die in seconds and you will lose ALL YOUR PERSONAL

INFORMATION!!! Uhhh… can we just take control of your computer

for a minute to...fix it? Narrator: Or how about THIS one?

Telephone voice: Mrs. Smith? This is your lucky day!!

I’m going to singlehandedly lower the interest rate on your credit card.

You’ll save thousands and thousands of dollars… … if you just verify your credit card number

by giving it to me right now!! Narrator: From bogus extended warranties to

door to door sales to high-pressure sales tactics used to scare people

about everything from furnaces to computers to home security, service scams are committed

by crooks trying to get you to believe that a stranger

on the phone… … or a stranger who comes to the door whom

you’ve never met… from an organization you don’t recognize…

should be trusted. You’d think that would never work.

And yet innocent people get burned all the time, compromising their personal information…

and losing their money. How can YOU keep from getting scammed?

Here are two important things: If you're interested in an offer, ask

for ID and KNOW who you're dealing with. And remember: Only your EXISTING service provider

can offer you better rates for their services. Be wary of strangers pressuring you by offering

deals for a limited time. And always ask yourself – If I give my information

to this stranger… am I putting myself at risk?

If the answer is even maybe… say no. Hang up. Close the door.

Watch out for service scams. A message from the Competition Bureau of Canada…

and the Little Black Book of Scams.

Video length: 2 minutes, 03 seconds

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