March is Fraud Prevention Month
Orillia, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch and its
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) partners are launching their annual Fraud
Prevention Month campaign to help prevent Canadians from falling victim to fraud.
During the month of March, the OPP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CAFC, Serious
Fraud Office, the
Competition Bureau of Canada and other partners are joining police services
across the country to promote public awareness to help prevent all Canadians from
becoming victims of fraud.
This year, the OPP Fraud Prevention Month education campaign will highlight four
mass marketing fraud priorities as indicated by the CAFC:
- Advanced Fee Scam (Money Transfers)
- Phishing and Ransom Scam
- Romance Scam; and,
- Ecommerce Scam
During the past year, Canadians have fallen victim to fraud's destructive toll,
causing losses totalling approximately $100 million, with Ontario victims losing
approximately $45 million. Unfortunately, this only represents approximately five
per cent of the fraud victims that report their crimes to police. Regardless of
age, gender or location, everyone can take basic steps to better protect themselves
from becoming a victim of fraud. Some basic tips include never giving out personal
or financial information at the door, over the phone, by e-mail or through social
media, or on to unsecured retail or dating websites. If you do fall victim to a
scam, individuals are urged to continue to report these scams to police even if
a financial transaction did not occur.
Fraud Prevention Month is about the fraud prevention community working together
to create greater awareness and to highlight the various ways that all Canadians
are being targeted by fraud. By emphasizing the education component, Canadians can
be better prepared.
The OPP will be posting tips and links to various resources online. The public is
encouraged to engage in the conversation to help them
recognize, reject and
report fraud" on social media by using the hashtags #FPM2019 and CAFC's
new hashtag #knowfraud .
If you or someone you know suspect they've been a victim of fraud, contact your
local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone or online by creating
an account in the
Fraud Reporting System (FRS).
"Victims of fraud can be left with devastating consequences, not only to their finances
but to their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Protect yourself. If you fall
prey to a scam, report it. The more we know about how these crimes are perpetuated,
the better equipped we are to help protect innocent people and prosecute offenders."-
Detective Insp. Anne GOODWIN, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch
For more fraud facts and figures and a downloadable booklet (PDF), visit The Competition
Bureau of Canada website at
https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/home or by visiting
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
OPP Contact Information