March 20, 2014 – CALGARY, ALBERTA – After a Calgary family has been charged with stealing the identities of nearly 20 consumers and racking up nearly $56,000 in Home Depot credit card charges, BBB is urging Calgary residents to safeguard their personal information.
According to the Consumer Sentinel Network, identity theft was the number one complaint category of 2013, with over 290,000 complaints across North America. More than 49,000 of those were credit card fraud complaints.
Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says anyone can be a victim of identity theft. “It can be as simple as saying the wrong thing at the wrong time with the wrong person within earshot,” she says. “Everyone should try to make it as difficult as possible for scammers to access their data. If you’re unsure about how to protect your information, check with your BBB for trustworthy fraud prevention consumer tips.”
BBB offers these tips for avoiding identity theft:
For more consumer tips, visit bbb.org.
About Consumer Sentinel Network: CSN is a secure online database of consumer complaints available only to law enforcement. The Council of Better Business Bureaus, consisting of all North American BBBs, is a major contributor of complaint data. CSN also collects information from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and numerous other contributors.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, founded in 1954, is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America.
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