Where to Get Help for Scams to Avoid

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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
www.accessprobono.ca

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.

Toll-free: 1-888-803-1222
contactus@mbc.bbb.org
www.mbc.bbb.org

Better Business Bureau of Victoria

A non-profit organization that assists people on Vancouver Island in finding businesses and charities they can trust.

Toll-free: 1-877-826-4222
info@vi.bbb.org
www.vi.bbb.org

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
www.antifraudcentre.ca

Competition Bureau

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)
www.competitionbureau.gc.ca

Consumer Protection BC

A non-profit organization that helps protect consumers in BC. They provide information and investigate complaints relating to consumer purchases.

Toll-free: 1-888-564-9963
info@consumerprotectionbc.ca
www.consumerprotectionbc.ca

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.

Toll-free: 1-888-527-8999
info@nomoredebts.org
www.nomoredebts.org

Lawyer Referral Service

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch offers referrals to lawyers who can provide a half-hour consultation for $25.

Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221
Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
lawyerreferral@cbabc.org
www.cbabc.org

VictimLink BC

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)
VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca



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