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MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2024 Marks the 20th 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.

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.

Join us at Fraud Prevention Month Launch Events

#FPM2024

WEEK 1

March 1-9, 2024

Online Scams & Fraud

WEEK 2

March 10-16, 2024

Businesses Fraud/Scams

WEEK 3

March 17-23, 2024

Investment Scams

WEEK 4

March 24-31, 2024

Mass Marketing/

Phone Scams

Fraud Prevention Month 2024 - Calendar of Events


Join us at Fraud Prevention Month Launch Events

THEME 1 / WEEK 1

Online Scams & Fraud

Examples:

  • Romance scams - Click HERE to watch Edmonton Police Service video
  • Phishing emails
  • Job Scams
  • Buy and Sell Fraud
  • Lottery/prize scams
  • Tech repair scams
  • Impersonation scams

THEME 2 / WEEK 2

Business Fraud/Scams

Examples:

  • scams targeting businesses and/or Businesses targeting consumers
  • phishing targeting businesses
  • phone scams targeting businesses
  • business email compromise
  • mortgage fraud
  • money laundering in real estate
  • door to door scams
  • Contractor and Home Repair Schemes
  • Unlicensed businesses
  • Misleading and Aggressive Door to Door Sales
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Duct cleaning schemes

THEME 3 / WEEK 3

Investment Scams

Examples:

  • Investment fraud via social media
  • Ponzi or pyramid schemes
  • Crypto currency schemes
  • Real Estate scams
  • Offshore investing schemes

THEME 4/ WEEK 4

Mass Marketing/Phone Scams

Examples:

  • spoofed phone numbers/calls
  • phone scams – tech support, Microsoft, CRA, airlines, etc.
  • fraudulent telemarketers
  • mass mail-outs/subscriptions
  • Emergency scam/Grandparent scam
  • Work at Home schemes
  • CRA scam
  • Foreign Lottery/Prize schemes
  • Overpayment Schemes
  • Inheritance Schemes
  • Credit card interest rate reduction schemes

2023 FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH


Edmonton City Hall March 1, Calgary Tower March 6, Red Deer Library March 15

FRAUD PREVENTION SCAMS & ARTICLES


Recent scams, tips and articles.

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.

FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH


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