Fraud Prevention Month has been bringing awareness to the public annually for 12 years, with multiple public awareness campaigns. The biggest mistake people and businesses make is thinking that they are immune to fraud, when really it can happen to anyone. The Government of Canada’s Competition Bureau spearheads this campaign by bringing together 125 law enforcement agencies, public and private sector organizations to combat fraud. It is an excellence resource and a good place to start in order to find out to protect yourself. They offer resources such as a Fraud Prevention Calendar, Anti-Fraud Videos and The Little Black Book of Scams.
Competition Bureau Website is: http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_00122.html
The Better Business Bureau in conjunction with Competition Bureau has released its Top 10 Scams: https://www.bbb.org/mbc/news-centre/news-releases/2015/03/bbb-releases-its-annual-list-of-top-10-scams/
The Royal Bank of Canada has also compiled a list of Fraud Prevention Tips to raise awareness about the risk of fraud: http://www.rbc.com/privacysecurity/ca/alert-fraud-prevention-month.html and how to protect yourself: http://www.rbc.com/privacysecurity/ca/protecting-yourself.html
Another resource to visit is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who will be sharing tips & information on ways to identify & avoid becoming a victim of fraud throughout the month of March: http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=45381
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Written by Cheryl Redick, Graphic Designer/CSR