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Tips for safe online shopping
Canada is very much online. Almost half of us shop online now,
researchers say. There are about 13 million Facebook accounts, 3.5
million Twitter accounts and we send nearly five billion text messages
each month, states the Better Business Bureau. And because of this high
degree of online activity, we are also susceptible to fraud. According to
the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, in 2009 for example, there were almost
4,500 victims of online fraud in Canada, reporting $14.5 million in losses.
Below are some safe shopping tips from Equifax Canada, the
country’s largest credit reporting agency:
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Look at the address. If you’re shopping on a website and you’ve hit
the “checkout” button, you should see a change in theWeb address
at the top of your browser. If the site on which you’re shopping
is equipped with security layers, you should see “http” change to
“https” and you might also see a small padlock icon, depending on
your browser.
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Be careful about the information which you give out. We’re often
asked for our e-mail addresses, postal codes and shopping habits
online and, while these can seem like innocent questions, they’re
often used to create a profile of you for marketing purposes. If it
gets into the wrong hands, all of that information about what you
like and how you shop can provide clues that are helpful in stealing
your identity.
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Monitor yourself. To keep track of how your personal information
is being used, consider signing up for a credit monitoring product.
With this product, you will be notified if anyone signs up for an
account in your name or with your personal information. Keep a
close eye on your bank account and credit card statements to make
sure that the purchases which are logged are ones that you’ve
made. It’s also a good idea to make the effort to check your own
credit reports throughout the year for any illicit or unauthorized
activity. This will not affect your credit rating, since you are allowed
to check your credit report as often as you like throughout the year.
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Change your passwords. It’s good to switch your log-in passwords
every so often.
More information is available
r toll-free at 1-800-465-7166.
Source: News Canada
Be informed about the rules
at border crossings
Border services officers are legally entitled to examine
your luggage as part of their responsibility to protect
Canada’s safety, economy and environment. As a
traveller, you are responsible for opening, unpacking
and repacking your luggage.
By making your goods easily accessible for inspection
and having your receipts handy, along with the total of
all purchases made, you’ll be helping the Canada Border
Services Agency to help you. It’s a good idea to keep all
of your receipts for accommodations and purchases, as
well as for any repairs done to, or parts bought for, your
vehicle. The border services officer may ask to see them
as evidence of the length of your stay and the value of
the goods or repairs.
In addition, border services officers may arrest an
individual for an offence under the Criminal Code such
as impaired driving, outstanding arrest warrants, stolen
property, abductions or kidnappings, and for infractions
under the
Customs Act
and the
Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act
. If you are arrested, you may be compelled
to attend court in Canada.
Source: CBSA - “I Declare”
Speak No Evil – Hear No Evil!
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is
installing high-definition cameras and microphones
in order to record conversations as travellers pass
through certain areas of international airports and
land crossings.
Apparently, conversations are not being recorded,
yet.
“It is important to note that even though audio
technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this
time. It will become functional at a later date,” said
CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey.
The CBSA stated that the public will be given ample
notice when these systems are up and working. A
privacy notice is to be posted on the CBSA website.
­Source: Torstar Media