Top 5 online scams

With the ongoing pandemic, Canadians have increasingly relied on the Internet to conduct everyday activities, such as, buying and selling goods or looking for a job. During Cyber Security Awareness Month's Computer Week, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) would like to remind you to be vigilant when surfing the Internet.

2019 top 5 online scams targeting Canadians
Fraud type Reports Victims Losses (CAD)
Merchandise 1,414 1,052 $1,528,100
Service 1,366 1,018 $1,461,200
Sale of Merchandise by Complainant 1,076 793 $691,800
Job 560 232 $710,000
Counterfeit Merchandise 309 281 $100,000

Note: It is estimated that less than 5% of fraud victims report their occurrences to the CAFC.

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