In March of each year, Fraud Prevention Month is coordinated provincially by the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA), a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to enhancing education and building awareness of the importance of crime prevention. ACCPA’s Fraud Prevention Month Committee, chaired by S/Sgt. Kristie Verheul, Economic Crimes, Calgary Police Service, is comprised of representatives from government departments, police agencies, Alberta Motor Association, the financial industry, crime prevention practitioners and numerous community partners to coordinate a month-long awareness and education campaign.
This year, in an effort to inform people about the importance of protecting themselves from fraudulent scams, The FPM Committee is excited to organize a campaign to help prevent citizens from being victims of fraud. Fraud Prevention Month will kick-off on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Themes for Fraud Prevention Month 2016 are:
Week 1: Financial (investment scams, credit card/debit skimming, e-transfer scams, counterfeit money, mortgage scams, wire-money transfer scams, payday loan scams etc...)
Week 2: Mass Marketing Fraud (telemarketing scams, the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam, WestJet phone scam, any other mail/email or phone scam)
Week 3: Cyber Security (Microsoft tech support scam, online dating scams, social media and Internet safety, binary options scams, identity theft etc...)
Week 4: Service Scams (door-to-door sales scams, contractor fraud, utilities scams etc...)
The Town will be distributing materials and information about each theme in the local paper, on Channel 32, and on social media throughout the month of March.
For more information about fraud prevention month, please visit the Government of Canada's website.