Calgary, AB,
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Calgary Police Service to participate in Fraud Prevention Month

Media Availability:

Media are invited to attend the Calgary Fraud Prevention launch event to interview various local Fraud Prevention Month partners.

There will be no formal press conference, only stand-alone interviews at booths.

Event details:

Time: Media to attend between 10 a.m to 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Location: CrossIron Mills Mall, 261055 Crossiron Blvd., Rocky View, AB

The following partners will also be available for one-on-one interviews:

  • The Calgary Police Service Fraud Team, Crime Prevention Team and Auto Theft Team
  • The Electronic Recycling Association
  • The Canada Revenue Agency
  • Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay
  • RCMP
  • Bank of Canada
  • Alberta Securities Commission
  • Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

 


March is Fraud Prevention Month, and the Calgary Police Service is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies and community partners to educate citizens about how to recognize and report fraud.

In 2018, the Calgary Police Service received an estimated 5,600 reports of credit card fraud and identity theft from Calgarians.

To combat this trend, police and government agencies, community groups, businesses and members of the financial industry across Alberta have joined the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association to raise awareness and inform the public about the most common frauds.

Fraud Prevention Month in Alberta will highlight the following topics:

  • Week 1 – Technology and related services. Examples include: mass marketing scams, cryptocurrency, mortgage fraud and online classified scams.
     
  • Week 2 – Rural environments. Examples include: landscaping scams, asphalt and paving scams.
     
  • Week 3 – Business services. Examples include: fake invoices/email scams, fake charities, cheque and credit card fraud, contractor fraud, internal or employee theft.
     
  • Week 4 – Internet and cyber crime. Examples include: phishing scams, romance scams, online identity theft and Wi-Fi hacking.

Fraud Prevention Month partners will be at CrossIron Mills mall on Saturday, March 2, 2019, to answer any fraud-related questions. Interactive displays, such as the BBB’s scam tracker, and the Electronic Recycling Association shredder, will also be available.

Provincial and national partners in Fraud Prevention Month in Alberta include:

  • Calgary Police Service
  • Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association
  • Alberta Securities Commission
  • Bank of Canada
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association
  • Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay
  • Better Business Bureau Serving Central and Northern Alberta
  • The Competition Bureau
  • The Electronic Recycling Association
  • RCMP
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta
  • Interac

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank all participating Fraud Prevention Month partners for their efforts in helping educate citizens about how to recognize, report and stop fraudulent activity. Anyone who has been a victim of fraud can report it to the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org