The RCMP kicked off Fraud Prevention Month 2017 today at a joint press conference in Ottawa with the Competition Bureau.
Throughout the month, the RCMP and its partners will be raising awareness and educating the public about different types of scams. This year, the RCMP will focus on four types of scams: online, romance, extortion, and business. Based on reports of fraud received through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, seniors are especially vulnerable to these scams, which is why this year's campaign will also be focusing on raising awareness about SeniorBusters. That being said, no one demographic is immune to fraud, regardless of their age, education or background.
Fraud is a growing, pervasive problem that affects everyone. Canadians need to educate themselves about the various types of fraud and how they can avoid becoming a victim is the key to fraud prevention.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Todd Shean Officer in Charge of Federal Policing Special Services said: "as a society, we each hold a responsibility to protect ourselves. Combatting fraud is not a battle that can solely be fought by law enforcement agencies. Fraud prevention month provides us the opportunity to engage Canadians on this issue and to arm them with key information to prevent them from becoming victims."
The great majority of fraud occurrences go unreported. In order to help rid of fraudulent activities, we encourage Canadians to report fraud and attempted fraud: Recognize it, Reject it and Report it.
To report suspected telemarketing fraud or other fraudulent scams: contact your local police service, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
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In preparation for March Fraud Prevention Month, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has compiled a toolkit specifically designed for media personnel to use to further raise public awareness and prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud. To receive a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.