This article is provided by Family Services Perth-Huron, a United Way member agency and an accredited member of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Credit Counselling Services. 

Watch Out For Scams/Identity Theft
By Angie Carter

There are so many scams going around these days. Here are some good tips to avoid getting involved in a money scheme.

If a deal is “too good to be true”, it usually is.

Don’t allow strangers in your home.

Don’t be caught off guard by slick door to door salespeople.

Call your local police department or OPP to find out if there are other people who have reported the same scam in your area.

If you receive a phone call or email DO NOT provide:



phone numbers

SIN number

driver’s license

credit card or banking information

calling card

birth certificate 

passport information

Take your time and be an educated consumer

Know your rights!

See: for information from the Ontario Government regarding Consumer’s Rights and other valuable information.

Family Services Perth-Huron is a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Credit Counselling Services which represent not-for-profit agencies offering confidential services to clients experiencing financial difficulties. Family Services Perth-Huron provides a range of free and low-cost services to help people solve financial problems and improve money management skills. For more information, contact Family Services Perth-Huron or visit

For information about confidential credit counselling in Perth, Huron Counties call 519-273-1020 or 1-800-268-0903, or visit

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