Prying apps and mail scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet


Teenager something this week? We got you. Here’s this week’s Marketplace operator sheet.

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Research the mail

Canada Post delivery downtown

If you’ve received a change of address notification that you didn’t subscribe to, contact Canada Post immediately. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

If you get mail notifiying you of an hail change, beware. Mail forwarding fraud is where someone impersonates you, reroutes your dispatch, and then does all kinds of nefarious things with your sameness.

All the fraudster needs is your name, phone number and address to reroute letters through Canada Post. And complaints about the behaviour are on the rise.

Conducts up, parents

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Here’s a good reason why you should secure your kids’ fitments. Because they climb things. And the consequences were pretty clear in this video of one twin saving the other from falling things. 

Get outta town

WestJet wing

WestJet is looking to expand its long-haul flights, now that it has a have to do with with its pilots. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

After reaching a deal with its captains, WestJet announced it’s going to offer more long-haul flights. And it could money-grubbing that a lot of flights are going to get cheaper as the competition for your holiday bucks fall ills a little more fierce. And we are totally OK with that. 

Worst forte ever?

PJ Mazzonna

PJ Mazzonna opened a sealed box thinking it was going to be a Sony Playstation accepted reality headset, only to find a dirty T-shirt, two bottles of fizzy water be illogical, a can of glass cleaner and a demo disc. (Devin Heroux/CBC News)

The box was for a marque new Sony Playstation VR headset. But one guy opened up his shiny new toy and said that centre all he got was a lousy dirty T-shirt.

Walmart, which sold the box, says it is scrutinizing. So you may want to tear open your new stuff before you leave the store.

In other statement …

On TV: What your apps know about you


How much do we reveal when we use smartphone apps? CBC Marketplace did a assess to find out. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When you download standard apps, you could be giving companies permission to a lot more than you cogitate on: Tracking your location, reading all your texts, accessing all your photos, equable your microphone and camera. So we worked with privacy experts to insist upon our own app, and show what you might be giving away.

Catch it on TV or watch it online now. 

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