Business Resource Counsellors at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) take hundreds of phone calls each year from small business owners who have had someone try to scam them.

Fraud hit one in five small businesses in the past year, costing, on average, $6,200 per business.

Fraud is a major threat to the small business community and the Canadian economy. In fact, fraud hit one in five small businesses in the past year, costing, on average, $6,200 per business. Small businesses also spend an average of $2,900 each year on fraud prevention.

These findings are part of a ground-breaking report published today by CFIB — Fraud – a big threat to small business.

While the financial losses are significant, it’s not just dollars and cents. Small business owners say the stress and hassle of fraud are actually worse than the financial impact. 

Some other findings shed new light on how fraud hits small businesses:

  • Wholesalers are most likely to be the target of a fraud attempt.
  • The Retail & Hospitality sectors are most likely to lose money to fraud.
  • When it comes to reporting scams to police, 44 percent of small businesses victimized by fraud don’t report it.
  • The most common scams to hurt small businesses are:
    • Fraudulent payments
    • Email scams
    • Directory fraud

CFIB represents a vital link between businesses and law enforcement agencies, offering prevention through awareness-building campaigns and compiling data directly from those who experience fraud.

Follow CFIB at cfib.ca/befraudfree  throughout March to learn more on fraud prevention using webinars, business tips, and instructional videos. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using #BeFraudFree.