The Canadian connection
Our neighbors to the north are good people, but like any
society, they have their rotten eggs. For some reason, cross-border
fraud is on the rise, and a lot of these merchandising or sweepstakes frauds
seem to be originating in Canada, with immigrants from Eastern Europe
heading up the operations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are busy tracking these fraudsters down, but their resources are limited. Here are a few links which will help you arm yourself against cross-border fraud.
www.phonebusters.com is the official organization dedicated to eradicating Canadian telephone fraud.
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt167.shtm is the Federal Trade Commission's sweepstakes site for consumers.
Some information provided by the people at phonebusters:
Be careful. You can't win a contest you never entered! You never pay up front for a legitimate prize, no matter what you are told.