FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2020 marks the 16th 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

March 1, Calgary Central Library from 12-5PM
March 2, Ford Hall in Rogers Place, Edmonton.



WEEK 1

March 2 - 6, 2020

Cyber Crime/Online Scams

 



WEEK 2

March 9 - 13, 2020

Identity Theft/Fraud



WEEK 3

March 16 - 20, 2020

Businesses Fraud/Scams



WEEK 4

March 23 - 27, 2020

Mass Marketing/Phone Scams

Theme 1 - Cyber Crime/Online Scams

Examples:

  • online marketplace/Facebook scams
  • employment scams
  • phishing
  • advance fee scams
  • loan scams
  • online ticket sale scams

Theme 2 - Identity Theft/Fraud

Examples:

  • identity theft/fraud
  • phone scams – goal to steal identity
  • email scams - goal to steal identity
  • mail theft
  • security of documents/shredding etc.

Theme 3 – 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
  • contractor scams
  • door to door scams

Theme 4 – Mass Marketing/Phone Scams 

Examples:

  • spoofed phone numbers/calls
  • phone scams – tech support, Microsoft, CRA, airlines, etc.
  • fraudulent telemarketers
  • mass mail-outs/subscriptions

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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