TORONTO, March 21 With an eye at curbing
fraudsters operating online, by mail, by phone and door-to-door,
Canada on Wednesday published a small reference guide called:
The Little Black Book of Scams.
The 30-page booklet, filled with caricatures and cartoons,
warns Canadians against everything from lottery scams to pyramid
schemes, as well as conmen operating through dating web sites.
"We have developed the Canadian edition of The Little Black
Book of Scams to increase your awareness of the many types of
fraud that target Canadians," wrote Melanie Aitken, the head of
Canada's Competition Bureau, in the foreword of the booklet.
The Little Black Book of Scams focuses on con schemes that
typically target gullible consumers, grandparents and the
lovelorn, and the booklet is modeled around a similar one
published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
"You cannot win money or a prize in a lottery unless you
have entered it," the guide informs readers. "Many Canadians are
lured by the excitement of a surprise win and find themselves
sending huge amounts of money to claim fake prizes."
It also cautions that while there are many legitimate dating
websites operating in Canada, there are many dating and romance
scams that part people of their money by appealing to their more
"Scammers target people of all backgrounds, ages and income
levels," warns the booklet. "They know how to push your buttons
to produce the response they want."
For a link to The Little Black Book of Scams:
(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Janet Guttsman)