FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2018 marks the 14th Anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month in Canada

Fraud Prevention Month is a month-long crime prevention initiative aimed at educating and informing consumers and communities on how to recognize, report and stop fraud.

Across Alberta, interested police and law enforcement agencies, and community and consumer groups form the Alberta Fraud Prevention Month committee to plan events and spread key messages to the public on how to better protect themselves.

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MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2018 marks the 14th Anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month in Canada

Fraud Prevention Month is a month-long crime prevention initiative aimed at educating and informing consumers and communities on how to recognize, report and stop fraud.

Across Alberta, interested police and law enforcement agencies, and community and consumer groups form the Alberta Fraud Prevention Month committee to plan events and spread key messages to the public on how to better protect themselves.

To get a “jump start” on the Fraud Prevention Month 2018 campaign, we would like to hear from victims who are willing to share their personal story that involves some sort of fraud – online scams, romance scams to renovation scams.

Julie Matthews of Service Alberta will be co-chairing the 2018 campaign and is currently seeking victims and powerful stories relating to fraud. If you wish to share your story please contact Julie @ Julie.matthews@gov.ab.ca or 780 641 9929.

WEEKLY CRIME PREVENTION THEMES

Every year the Alberta Fraud Prevention Month Committee selects weekly themes to help all participating agencies present a unified message and campaign for the month of March.



WEEK 1

March 4 - 10, 2018

Cyber Crime



WEEK 2

March 11 - 17, 2018

Mass Marketing



WEEK 3

March 18 - 24, 2018

Business/Service Scams



WEEK 4

March 25 - 31, 2018

Financial Crime

Fraud Prevention Month Events

Organization Event Date/Time/Location Partners in Attendance
Calgary Police Service and Mount Royal University Calgary FPM Launch March 1 at Mount Royal University’s Riddell Library. Start 9:00 am Better Business Bureau, CPS, MRU, Service Alberta, Real Estate Council of Alberta, Bank of Canada, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Edmonton Police Service Edmonton FPM Launch March 1 at MacEwan University EPS, City of Edmonton, Ministry of Service Alberta and a local victim of fraud
Edmonton Police Service Media Event: Cyber Crime March 5 at a local cafe EPS, the café owner, a Bitcoin ATM owner and a representative from CRA
Edmonton Police Service Media Event: Mass Marketing/ Identity Theft March 12 at the Police Vehicle Seizure Lot EPS Detective with the Auto Theft Unit
Edmonton Police Service Media Event: Business/Service Scams March 20 at a victim’s private residence EPS, fraud victim who was targeted on Kijiji by a private contractor scam
Edmonton Police Service Media Event: Financial Crime March 26 at a local business EPS, fraud victim who was scammed by a family member
Calgary Police Cyber Business Academy March 8 at CPS headquarters. 12 -1 pm Event is open to large and enterprise level businesses. Guest speakers Ray Watts and David Reed, Principle Consultants from Cybis
Calgary Police Citizen Fraud Prevention Seminar March 13 at CPS headquarters 7 – 8:30 pm CPS, event open to any citizens interested in learning about personal fraud prevention
Calgary Police Fraud Prevention Mall event CrossIron Mills Mall. March 17. 10 am – 9 pm CPS, BBB, Real Estate Council of Alberta, Service Alberta, CRA, Crime Stoppers, ERA, Bank of Canada, CCCSA and the R.C.M.P.
Competition Bureau of Canada 2 Good 2 Be True Twitter Chat March 14. 1 -3 pm EST Open to public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Investors consumer presentation: Pyramid dreams to Ponzi schemes - what you need to know to protect yourself from investment fraud. March 6 at the Lethbridge Public Library. 1 -2 pm BBB and public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Investors consumer presentation: Pyramid dreams to Ponzi schemes - what you need to know to protect yourself from investment fraud. March 7 at the Medicine Hat public library. 11 – 12 pm BBB and public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Newcomers: The inside information on how to recognize and avoid scams and fraud aimed at new Canadians. March 8 at the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. 11:30 – 12:30 pm BBB and local newcomers
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Students: "Class is always in session when it comes to learning about job scams, rental scams, how to buy your first car and where to apply for financial aid." March 12 at Columbia College. 7 – 8 pm BBB and students
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Fraud Prevention Month Mall Event March 14. Medicine Hat Mall. 10 – 3 pm BBB and public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Fraud Prevention Month Mall Event March 15 at Marlborough Mall. 10 – 4 BBB and public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Lethbridge Home and Garden Trade Show March 21 – 24 at Exhibition Park BBB and multiple vendors
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Businesses: Dealing with Customer & Online Reviews March 26 at ATB Entrepreneur Centre. 12:00 pm BBB, ATB and public
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay Savvy Businesses: Running an Ethical Enterprise: Savvy Businesses: Running an Ethical Enterprise: Learn how BBB's Eight Standards of Trust creates a framework for running an ethical business. March 27 at the Lethbridge Public Library 1:00 pm BBB and public

FRAUD PREVENTION SCAMS & ARTICLES

Recent Scams, Tips & Resources

Recent Scams

Read about reports of recent scams in Canada and Alberta. Be aware, learn the facts and find out how to protect yourself.

Expert Tips

ACCPA experts share tips on what to look out for, how to stay safe and how to protect yourself from becoming a target.

Links & Resources

Learn about agencies and resources across Canada and Alberta that work with us to help prevent crime in your community.

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