FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

MARCH IS FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH

March 2019 marks the 15th 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.

Fraud Prevention Month Launch at Cross Iron Mills March 2, 2019

Fraud Prevention Month Launch at West Edmonton Mall March 2, 2019

Thank You

from Cst. Kris Anton, Fraud Team, Economic Crimes Unit, Calgary Police Service

I wanted to reach out and say thank you to all the partners that attended CrossIron Mills on Saturday, March 2. I received good feedback from everyone that attended. Overall there was good foot traffic with the public. I was hoping for more media to attend, but that is how it goes sometimes. The police car was a hit as usual and thanks to Sgt. Matt Fredrickson who smiled and posed all day for pictures. Overall I enjoyed meeting everyone that attended. I met some new faces and partners. I hope that we can do it again next year. I welcome anyone with new fresh ideas for next year.

Lovelorn seniors common prey for scammers, say fraud experts

From the Calgary Herald

A whopping $20 million was lost to romance scams in 2018 and the most targeted group was seniors by a landslide, explained Keith Ward, a fraud analyst with the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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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, Saturday March 2, 2019 at

Cross Iron Mills in Calgary or
West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton.



WEEK 1

March 3 - 9, 2019

Technology and Related Services (Money)

 



WEEK 2

March 10 - 16, 2019

Rural Environments



WEEK 3

March 17 - 23, 2019

Businesses and Services



WEEK 4

March 24 - 30, 2019

Internet and Cyber Crime (Information)

 

Theme 1 – Technology and related Services (Money)

The use of various forms of technology as a medium for the action of conducting a fraud or enabling fraudulent activity has become a consistent and continuously changing fraud prevention issue. Focusing on the exchange of money online or through other technological mediums, where the intention of the transfer is to commit fraudulent activity.

 

Possible Frauds covered in this theme:

  • Action base scams (skype contacts, enabling features online which allow access to personal information)
  • Mass marketing Fraud
  • Kijiji and social media scams
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Mortgage fraud

Affected Communities:

  • Seniors and the elderly
  • Youth, ranging from young to university age
  • Targets groups (based on socio economic factors, proximity factors etc)
  • Vulnerable groups

Theme 2 – Rural Environments

Alberta has a highly disparate population, with a significant percentage of the population living or working in smaller communities and town outside of the 2 major hub cities. Furthermore, people are now moving into rural environments after living and working in cities, due to retirement or excess income (hobby farm or acreage).  Because of this, fraudulent activity and criminal action may target this area for opportunistic reasons where law enforcement are a distance away, and due to the inability for property owners to police or monitor large areas of land.

 

Possible frauds to cover in this theme:

  • Agricultural frauds
  • Asphalt scams
  • Landscaping scams

Topics to cover related to fraud prevention:

  • Differences between urban and rural
  • Telecoms and connectivity in rural areas enabling fraud
  • Recognition and identification of fraudulent activity
  • CONSIDER: Stakeholder relationship between fraud prevention and law enforcement groups – partnering groups, trends in crime movement and shifting between rural and urban

Affected communities:

  • Farmers / acreage owners
  • Small business owners in rural communities
  • Satellite communities and commuters
  • Vulnerable groups

Theme 3 – Businesses and Services

A main target for fraud activities are businesses, as the implications to a large organization are reduced as compared to an individual. This area also provides a disguise for fraudulent activity due to the inherent trust consumers place in commercial activity. This also covers businesses where the business activity is a perpetration of fraud or scam activities

 

Possible fraud to cover in this theme:

  • Fake invoices / email scams
  • Fake charities / businesses
  • Cheque and credit card fraud
  • Internal fraud / employee theft
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Contractor fraud
  • Equipment / rental / infrastructure

Affected communities:

  • Most broad coverage (affects almost all target markets in the province)
  • Business owners
  • Home owners
  • Etc.

Theme 4 – Internet and Cyber Crime (Information)

The focus on the internet and electronic communication platforms as the main mechanism for frauds and scams. This would include email and other forms of communication, where the goal of the fraud perpetrator is to elicit information from the victim, and use that information to commit fraud or other criminal activity

 

Possible frauds covered in this theme:

  • Phishing scams
  • Romance scams
  • Wi-Fi hacking
  • Identity theft online
  • Other online

Affected communities:

  • Seniors and the elderly
  • Youth, ranging from young to university age
  • Targets groups (based on socio economic factors, proximity factors etc)
  • Vulnerable groups

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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