Calgary, AB,

Fraud prevention partners spreading awareness at Crossiron Mills Mall

The Calgary Police Service is joining Fraud Prevention Month partners to continue educating citizens on how to recognize, report and avoid falling victim to fraud.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, all citizens are invited to attend Crossiron Mills Mall, where they will be able to speak with fraud experts from ten different agencies. Citizens with old electronic devices are also invited to bring their devices to the mall on Saturday, where they will be able to shred them, free of charge, with the Electronic Recycling Association’s hard drive shredder.

By shredding their old devices, citizens can protect their personal and sensitive information that may have been contained on these devices. Devices that can be shredded include phones, gaming consoles, music players, stereo equipment, computers, handheld devices, and printers. For a detailed list of electronics that can be shredded, click here.

Despite increasing fraud awareness, the crime still continues to have major impacts on Calgarians. Last year, Calgarians lost an average of over $167,000 per day to fraudsters.

“Many people have an assumption that they would not fall victim to fraud,” says Staff Sgt. Cory Dayley of the CPS Cyber/Forensics Unit. “However, we know that scammers do not target one specific demographic, they target everyone. All citizens needs to make sure that they are fraud aware and that they always take a second thought when they are asked for personal information or payment. Legitimate government agencies and business will always give you time to verify their request.”

Fraud experts from the following agencies will be available to speak with citizens on Saturday:

  • Calgary Police Service Cyber Forensics Unit, Economic Crimes Unit and Crime Prevention Team
  • Electronic Recycling Association
  • Service Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate, Consumer Investigations Unit and Driver’s Licence Fraud Investigations
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta
  • Bank of Canada
  • RCMP
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Calgary Chinese Community Service Association

Booths will be set up in the hallway leading to the food court.