March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada. Fraud Prevention Month is a month-long crime prevention initiative aimed and educating and information consumers and the community on how to recognize, report and stop fraud.
Thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life are defrauded each year. There is no typical fraud victim in Canada. With advancements in technology it is now easier for scammers to obtain money or property through fraudulent means and to remain “faceless” as they do so.
Consumers have a role to play in stopping fraud by arming themselves with the facts and reporting fraud when they encounter it. Recognizing fraud is the first step to better protecting yourself. It is important for consumers to remain vigilant and aware of the many different types of fraud scams out there as they are ever changing and new trends are always emerging.
Throughout the month members of the Medicine Hat Police Service Community Safety Unit will be at various locations around the city sharing information about the impact of fraud and sharing simple and safe ways for individuals and businesses to protect themselves.
To keep yourself in the loop about Fraud Prevention Month activities occurring provincially, follow the hashtag #fightfraud on social media or visit the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association website at www.albertacrimeprevention.com/fraud-prevention-month.
For more information about frauds and scams visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.
Medicine Hat Police Service
Community Safety Unit