What to do if you are defrauded

Financial fraud can be stressful and time-consuming experience. It can affect you both financially and emotionally.

If you are defrauded, or suspect that you may have been defrauded, follow the steps outlined in this article. 



Annual report of credit and consumer reporting complaints: an analysis of complaint responses by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion

This report summarizes the information gathered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding certain consumer complaints transmitted by the CFPB to the three largest nationwide consumer reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.



Dealing with debt: Worksheet 6 – Your credit report and credit score

Knowing your credit history is an important part of managing your debt. It is important that you get your free credit report once a
year to check for any errors. The information on this page will help you:

  • Get free copies of your credit reports
  • Understand what’s included in your credit reports
  • Check your credit report for errors and signs of identity theft
  • Dispute any errors you find

'Your credit report and credit score' is the sixth worksheet in the 'Dealing with debt' toolkit. Find the full resource here



Dealing with debt


Many of us struggle to talk about money, especially when it comes to talking about debt. It is when debt becomes too much for us to manage, or when we do not have a plan to pay it off, that it can become stressful and even overwhelming. This is when it is time to have those tough conversations and make a plan to deal with debt.

This booklet provides a set of activities to help you manage your debt, identify your money priorities, calculate what you owe and strategize how you can pay it back. These worksheets can be completed on your own, in the sequence that works best for you. However, we recommend working with a trusted financial coach or credit counsellor if possible.

Printed copies of this booklet are available to order at $150 per box of 50 booklets.

Order "Dealing with debt" Booklets - English

 

We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for generously funding this resource, and to Credit Counselling Sudbury for their content consultation.

Updated August 30, 2022: Added Dealing with debt: Training tools (Training deck, facilitator guide, and sample Equifax credit report)

Updated August 2, 2022: Dealing with debt - Resources

Updated May 14, 2020: Worksheet resources in this toolkit are available as fillable PDFs. Please open with Adobe Acrobat Reader for full functionality.