Where to Get Help for Scams to Avoid
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by People's Law School in March 2017.|
Access Pro Bono
Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to qualifying persons who cannot obtain legal aid or afford a lawyer.
- Lower Mainland: 604-878-7400
- Toll-free: 1-877-762-6664
Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia
A non-profit organization that assists people in the Lower Mainland and interior BC in finding businesses and charities they can trust.
Better Business Bureau of Victoria
A non-profit organization that assists people on Vancouver Island in finding businesses and charities they can trust.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
The central agency in Canada that collects information about fraud and identity theft. They don’t conduct investigations but they do help law enforcement agencies by identifying connections among seemingly unrelated cases.
- Toll-free: 1-888-495-8501
A federal agency that helps consumers make informed purchasing decisions. They help combat deceptive selling practices and scams.
- Toll-free: 1-800-348-5358
- Toll-free TTY: 1-800-642-3844 (for hard of hearing)
Consumer Protection BC
A non-profit organization that helps protect consumers in BC. They provide information and investigate complaints relating to consumer purchases.
Credit Counselling Society
A non-profit organization that provides support for people struggling with debt, as well as counselling to help people manage money better.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch offers referrals to lawyers who can provide a half-hour consultation for $25.
A toll-free 24/7 information and support line for victims of crime in British Columbia.
- Toll-free: 1-800-563-0808
- TTY: 604-875-0885 (for hard of hearing)
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