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Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual public awareness campaign aimed at helping New Brunswickers protect their money from frauds and scams. Our free online tools and resources can help you and your family spend smart & spend safe.


Each week of Fraud Prevention Month focuses on a different topic. Get started by asking yourself the following questions:


  1. Do you have a financial plan?
  2. Do you read contracts before you sign?
  3. Did you check if your financial adviser is registered to sell investments?
  4. Do you know when it is safe to buy online?



1 March – 8 March
Do you have a financial plan?

Women’s Week


March 8th is International Women's Day This year’s theme is “Make it Happen!” Do you have financial goals that you want to achieve? Make them happen by downloading a copy of I’m Worth it!, a personal money management program created to help women take control of their money and the role it plays in their lives by spending smart and planning their financial future. The program will help you:


  • recognize and plan for the unique money challenges women face;
  • understand your money motivations;
  • create a budget that works;
  • make smart spending decisions;
  • set financial goals;
  • create a financial plan;
  • and invest in YOUR future.

 

Start your financial success story today!


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9 March — 15 March

Do you read contracts before you sign?     


Consumer Rights Week


March 15th is World Consumer Rights Day. FCNB encourages you to protect yourself against frauds and scams by spending smart. That means knowing your rights and responsibilities, doing your research, reading your contract, and carefully considering your purchase before handing over your hard earned money. Before making your next purchase visit our Consumer Goods and Services page. We have resources to help you make informed purchase decisions. For even more information visit our consumer blog — For What It's Worth.


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16 MARCH — 22 MARCH
Did you check if your financial adviser is registered to sell investments?

Smart Investor Week


Informed investors don’t leave things to chance.  They check registration of their adviser and ask questions before handing over their hard earned investment dollars. Use our Check Registration Tool  to check the registration of your adviser before investing.

 

Anyone in the business of selling or giving advice about investment products must be registered with FCNB. Dealing with a registered adviser is the first step in protecting your money against investment fraud. Registration helps protect investors by confirming that advisers and the firm they work for meet established standards.

 

An adviser’s category of registration will tell you what types of products and services he or she can sell or advise you on. Once you have checked registration visit our Working with an Adviser page to understand what types of products and services your adviser can offer.


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23 MARCH — 31 MARCH
Do you know when it is safe to buy online?             

                                                       

Online Safety Week


The World Wide Web is a wonderful place. It gives us easy access to information, connects us with friends and loved ones, and lets us buy from retailers around the world. Unfortunately it can also expose us to frauds and scams, putting our money and identity at risk.

 

Spend and surf safely this Fraud Prevention Month and all year long. Before buying online make sure you are dealing with a reputable seller by checking with the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been filed against the company. Also, use extreme caution when sharing personal information such as bank account information, date of birth, credit card numbers, and Social Insurance Numbers. Scam artists can use this information to steal your identity, access your bank accounts and apply for credit in your name.


Protect your identity and your credit by carefully monitoring your bank accounts and checking your credit report once a year.  Your credit report will tell you what credit has been extended in your name. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s guide to Understanding your Credit Report and Credit Score has information about ordering a copy of your credit report and understanding the results. Check your credit report for errors. If you find a mistake it may be a sign that your credit has been compromised and you have been a victim of identity theft. For more tips on protecting your credit visit our Protecting Your Credit page.


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