Keep your cash out of the hands of criminals with these 10 tips for spotting and avoiding fraud.

Fraud-related offenses are a profitable business. In fact, the RCMP's Commercial Crime Branch estimates that fraud related crime nets between $10 and $30 billion each year in Canada. Here, some tips to identify and prevent fraud.

How to stop the scammers

scams-spamCut off communications. Suspicious of a too-good-to-be-true offer or fundraising call? Don't take chances. Delete the email, recycle the fax or letter, hang up the phone or say "no thank you" and shut the door. You can even add a few barriers to the process -- like call display on your phone, a peephole in your door and a spam filter for your email.

Many people are afraid to be rude, but remember you don't owe solicitors anything -- even your time and attention.

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Elizabeth Rogers