Fraud: It’s Everyone’s Business

fraud_logo_colorCFIB’s My StartUp will be your trusted partner in crime prevention this March as we launch into Fraud Prevention Month with a jam-packed content calendar designed to help protect your small business from scams.

In conjunction with the Competition Bureau and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) offers a wealth of information and advice that can act as a shield against fraud:

  • Webinars
  • Instructional videos
  • Operational tips on topics such as:
    • Payments fraud
    • Telephone scams
    • Bogus directory sales

As a bonus for Fraud Prevention Month, we’ve lined up six blogs that shine a harsh light on real-world examples of fraud, as told by CFIB Business Resources Counsellors who are well-placed to share the stories.

CFIB counsellors take thousands of calls each year from business owners who have experienced an attempt to defraud their businesses, so they are well-familiar with many of the tricks fraudsters will try to rip you off.

Their stories are straight from the front lines, touching on examples of fraud that may surprise you.

  • Do you know what to look for when a caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency?
  • How about internal fraud, when a scam is an inside job?
  • Or assessing a charity: what’s legit and what’s too good to be true?

CFIB has also produced a groundbreaking new report on fraud and how it affects Canadian small businesses. The first of its kind, it goes beyond mere numbers and looks at many different impacts of fraud. It contains a list of recommendations on how small businesses can prevent their business from becoming a victim. Look for the report online March 17.

Your start-up business faces enough challenges as it is without scam artists trying to help themselves to your hard-earned revenues.

Make sure you visit My StartUp’s blog throughout March so that you are prepared to protect your business from fraud.

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #BeFraudFree.

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