Top 5 reported telephone scams

During Cyber Security Awareness Month's Phone Week, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) would like to remind you to be vigilant of unsolicited telephone calls. Telemarketing fraud is still the most reported fraud to the CAFC; accounting for 43 % of reports received.

2019 top 5 reported telephone scams
Fraud type Reports Victims Losses (CAD)
Extortion 8,179 2,156 $10,026,000
Personal information 3,500 1,533 NA
Service 1,678 484 $3,999,300
Bank investigator 1,090 380 $3,322,900
Prize 766 158 $1,742,700

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

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