We’ve all heard stories from friends and colleagues who have gone through the agony of dealing with identity theft. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of fraud.

Criminals gather your personal information, such as Social Insurance Number (SIN), bank account or credit card numbers, statements or medical records by stealing wallets, searching through mail, garbage and recycling bins. They use the information to sign up for new credit cards, open accounts, secure loans or collect government benefits. Most identity theft is self-detected.Criminals can also capture information electronically by phishing or using spyware. Phishing occurs when a criminal sends an email falsely claiming to be a legitimate organization in an attempt to fool you into submitting personal data, usually through a link to a “spoofed” website (a replica of the legitimate one). Phished sites may appear to have the correct web address or URL but when the link is clicked, you will be redirected to the spoofed site. To be safe, always type the website address into your browser.Spyware is another way to gain access to your information. It is a general term used for software that collects personal information – including capturing your key strokes – or changes the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent when you install other software.

To protect your information:

  • Keep your SIN and birth certificate in a secure place, and limit their use.
  • Shred or tear receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, credit offers, or any other personal information.
  • Watch your mail to ensure your bills arrive on time and in sealed envelopes.
  • Delete spam or other emails that ask for your banking information, credit card details, and password. Do not click on any links, or reply.
  • Check your credit rating once per year to make sure no one has taken out a loan using your information.
  • Keep your cheques in a safe and secure location, never in your vehicle.

If you suspect you have been the victim of identity theft, contact police immediately.

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc.

My business story started a way back in 2001…

…after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions.

The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources.

The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me.

I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do!

I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!!

Jennifer –  Mom and Publisher

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