Get Informed - Frauds & Scams

Crimes driven by profit motives make up a growing part of police workload and can be devastating for victims.  From door-to-door marketing fraud to online "phishing" scams greedy criminals are always looking for new ways to separate honest citizens from their personal information and their hard-earned money. But with a few simple steps anyone can start scam-proofing their life. And everyone should.

Three simple dos & 3 simple don’ts to help you protect yourself & your community:

Do …

  • Protect your PINs & passwords. Don't write it down or share it with anyone. Use your hand or body as a shield during transactions. Consider developing a personal password strategy.
  • Keep your private information private. Criminals can't "harvest" information unless you make it available.  Educate yourself about the privacy settings on your online & social networking accounts.  Keep your computer’s security software up to date.  Password protect your smartphone, laptop & tablet computer.
  • Keep an eye on your accounts. Many frauds & scams are discovered when victims apply for credit cards or loans and get turned down. By monitoring your credit score & activity on all your accounts you have a better chance of catching unusual activity before it’s too late. Frauds and scams can go undetected for a long time unless you monitor your credit report as well as activity on your bank and credit card accounts.

Don’t …

  • Make financial decisions under pressure or on the advice of strangers. Always take time to get a second opinion and talk to someone you trust.
  • Respond to unsolicited email or phone requests for private information or donations.  Reputable businesses don't engage in these practices.
  • Leave important documents or your mail unsecured. Fraudsters can get a lot of private information by stealing vehicle insurance papers, unopened mail and un-shredded documents left in recycling bins or garbage cans.

Coquitlam RCMP

In an emergency call 9-1-1

Please note: We do not accept reports or complaints via email. Reports or complaints can only be submitted by phone or in person. Email addresses are not monitored 24/7.

Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency/info line: 604-945-1550
Fax: 604-552-7303

To report crime anonymously contact Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS/8477 or