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MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2023 Marks the 19th 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

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WEEK 1

March 1-4, 2023

Online Scams & Fraud

WEEK 2

March 5-11, 2022

Identity Theft/Fraud

WEEK 3

March 12-18, 2022

Businesses Fraud/Scams

WEEK 4

March 19-25, 2022

Investment Scams

WEEK 5

March 26-31, 2022

Mass Marketing/

Phone Scams

THEME 1 / WEEK 1

Online Scams & Fraud

Examples:

  • Romance scams
  • Phishing emails
  • Job Scams
  • Buy and Sell Fraud
  • Lottery/prize scams
  • Tech repair scams
  • Impersonation scams

THEME 2 / WEEK 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 / WEEK 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
  • door to door scams
  • Contractor and Home Repair Schemes
  • Unlicensed businesses
  • Misleading and Aggressive Door to Door Sales
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Duct cleaning schemes

THEME 4 / WEEK 4

Investment Scams

Examples:

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

THEME 5 / WEEK 5

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

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.

2020 FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH LAUNCH


Calgary Public Library, March 1, 2020

2019 FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH LAUNCH


Calgary: Cross Iron Mills, March 2, 2019

Edmonton: West Edmonton Mall, March 2, 2019

2017 FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH


Fraud Prevention Month events took place in both Calgary and Edmonton during the month of March.

Fraud Prevention Month

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