According to the 2010 Canadian Anti-Fraud Center’s Annual Report on fraud, mass marketing and identity theft:

  • 11 783 complaints were reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center in 2010 – 2 752 of which were from real victims of ID theft (among them they reportedly lost 12 748 068.93 $).
  • Canadians aged between 50-59 years old are the most targeted by fraudsters and Canadian victims aged between 40-49 years old reported the highest dollar loss.
  • The telephone / facsimile is reported as the most prevalent solicitation method used to solicit Canadian consumers; however Canadian victims of an e-mail / Internet / text messaging solicitation method have the highest total reported dollar loss.
  • Western Union is the top reported payment method used to receive funds from Canadian victims.


According to a July 2010 Ipsos Reid for Visa survey, 20% of credit card holders were victims of unauthorized charges. In its second Annual Deceptive Marketing Survey, August 2011, Visa revealed that 21% of Canadian credit card holders have been the victim of unauthorized charges resulting from an offer they accepted online or over the phone.


“Romance” or “Love” Internet scams are on the rise. In fact 8.2 million dollars were “given” to fraudsters by Canadians who fell under their charms in the first 8 months of 2011 only… 615 people reported being victims of this type of scam and they lost an average of 13 466 $ each. 65% of the victims were women aged between 40 and 50 years old. Click here to read the complete article (in French only).

A 2011 Report on Canadians and Privacy presented to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada revealed that:

  • Only 4 in 10 Canadians are using password lock on their mobile devices (phones or tablets).
  • A third of Canadians used public, often unsecured, Wi-Fi networks.
  • Half of Canadians (51%) said they used social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn. 80% of them said they changed the default privacy protection settings to increase their privacy protection.