Edmonton, Alta. – Oon March 1, 2018 at MacEwan University, Alberta RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service partnered at the March Fraud Prevention Month campaign kick-off event. For four weeks the Alberta RCMP will join their partners, the Edmonton Police Service, the Calgary Police Service, Service Alberta, the Canada Revenue Agency, Competition Bureau, Interac and Better Business Bureau with a focus on different types of frauds and scams each week.
“We’re focusing on educating Albertans on types of fraud, what they can do to protect themselves and how to report it if they become victims,” says Cpl. Laurel Scott, Media Relations Officer. “If you have been the victim of a fraud, you’re not alone. Fraud can happen to anyone.”
Here are some tips for protecting yourself against fraud:
- Don’t leave your personal identification in your car
- Create a strong password
- Ask yourself, can you purchase that item from a reputable source instead?
- Reputable companies will not ask for your personal information through an email
- Be wary of e-transferring money
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam or fraud, report the incident to your local police detachment and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.