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Why Hoard Mountains of Toilet Paper When One Roll Will Do?
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With all of the hardships, sadness and fear that is part of our daily coping, we also need to laugh as “Laughter is the best medicine”. There have been some very cleaver pictures and cartoons floating around that do (should) bring a momentary smile. We will try to bring you at least one in each edition of Industry Insider for the time being, not to make light of this terrible situation but rather to bring you that momentary smile.

I hope we did get you to smile as we joke about the current panic buying of toilet paper!“Why Hoard Mountains of Toilet Paper when just One Roll will do”

The seriousness of the COVID-19 is a worldwide crisis. This has brought out the best in people but unfortunately, there are too many examples of loathsome individuals who see this as an opportunity to take advantage of others. Too bad but yes, you need to be mindful of these scammers. Please take the time to read the warning below.

Today’s chuckle is making a mockery of the current panic buying of toilet paper! “Why Hoard Toilet Paper when just One Roll will do”

“No Conscience – No Shame! Criminals Will Stop At Nothing To Make A Profit” The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has updated its list of known COVID-19-related scams. The CAFC, which works with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Competition Bureau and Ontario Provincial Police, is urging Canadians to be vigilant as fraudsters look to exploit the crisis.

Here is the CAFC's latest list of tricks that have been detected, as of March 18

  • Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or filters to protect from COVID-19 offering "special" air filters.
  • Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect power for non-payment.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the World Health Organization (WHO) offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
  • Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
  • Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation.
  • Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details.
  • Financial advisers pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs.
  • Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services.
  • Private companies offering fake COVID-19 tests for sale.

Unfortunately, the offices of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre are currently operating at a reduced capacity, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

If you have been a victim of fraud, please contact your local police. Otherwise, please file your report online through our Fraud Reporting System https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre will do their best to respond.

We also applaud Ontario government for coming down hard on price gouging.

Now, engaging in price gouging on necessary goods, are subject to a hefty fine or even jail time! a ticket, or you could face fines or jail time.”

The price gouging penalties for retail businesses and individuals in Ontario, effective immediately, were introduced in an emergency order issued by the province designed to see necessary goods sold at a fair price.

According to the province, necessary goods includes masks and gloves used as personal protective equipment; non-prescription medications for the treatment of symptoms of the coronavirus; disinfecting agents intended for cleaning and disinfecting objects or humans; and personal hygiene products, including soap products and paper products.

Those found guilty of price gouging can face a fine of $750. If summoned to court and convicted, individuals could face a maximum fine of $100,000 and one year in jail. A company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and one year in jail, and the corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million.






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