Sometime in the days leading up to Halloween, the 8,120th Canadian contacted police about being ripped off in a mass marketing scam, surpassing the total number of such victims reported for all of 2009.
Mass marketing fraud where scammers use the internet, radio and television ads, and infomercials is on the rise, while identity theft is dropping, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. (IStock)Total losses — close to $30 million — also topped 2009 numbers. And that only includes Canadians who reported being victims of mass marketing fraud.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, 95 per cent of people who are scammed never report it.