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Crime Prevention > Identity Theft

Could it Happen to You?

Maybe you never opened that account, or ordered an additional card, but someone else did.... someone who used your name and personal information to commit fraud. When an imposter co-opts your name, your Social Insurance Number (SIN), your credit card number or some other piece of your personal information for their use or when someone gets your personal information without your knowledge, it's a crime.

Identity theft is a growing problem. You can take steps to protect yourself against this crime.

For general information about identity theft and identity fraud go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's website


Additional tips:
Every year Canadian credit rating agencies are required to provide you with one free consumer disclosure report upon your request.  It will not include you credit score but will show all of your credit accounts, such as credit cards, personal loans, vehicle loans or cell phone contracts.  Once you review the document you will know if there are any unauthorized accounts opened in your name.


Equifax: 1-800-465-7166
http://www.consumer.equifax.ca/home/en_ca
Refer to the Credit Report Assistance and go to get my free credit file disclosure via Canada Post.


Transunion: 1-800-663-9980
https://www.transunion.ca/product/consumer-disclosure
Refer to Consumer Assistance to Consumer Disclosure and you can obtain one online or via mail.


If you would like a Police Officer to provide a Power Point Presentation on this topic you can forward your request via one of three ways:
  • email your request to wps-communityrelations@winnipeg.ca
  • fax your request to 204-957-2450
  • mail your request to:
    Unit Commander
    Community Relations Unit
    P.O Box 1680
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Canada R3C 2Z7
Due to demand, we request you contact us at least six weeks prior to the event. Most presentations are one hour in duration and handouts are provided. The presentation is free of charge - room to be supplied by the organization requesting the presentation, with a minimum of 20 attendees.

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Last update: August 23, 2017

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