March is National Fraud Prevention Month

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March is National Fraud Prevention Month

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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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The Halton Regional Police Service, along with numerous government, law enforcement, consumer and volunteer groups and private sector firms will be sharing fraud prevention information to raise public awareness and educate the public to prevent them from becoming victims of this increasing crime.

Each year, thousands of Canadians of all ages and backgrounds become victims of fraud. Fraud victims not only suffer direct financial loss but may also endure the stressful process of reversing the damaging effects fraud and identify theft have on their credit and credit histories which may take months to reverse.

Recognizing what could be a potential fraud is the first step in protecting yourself.

The Halton Region is a well connected cyber-community with a large portion of residents using the internet to conduct their financial transactions and on-line purchases. This increases their risks of exposure to cybercrime and identify theft.

The RCMP recently revealed some staggering statistics about fraud in Canada:

  • Approximately 1 million Canadians are victims of mass marketing fraud and identify theft in Canada annually, at a cost of $10 billion
  • Six in 10 Canadians were targeted by fraud in 2010
  • Nearly 80 percent of mass marketing fraud is conducted by organized crime groups
  • Nine in 10 Canadians do not speak to anyone about fraud and fewer than five percent of victims contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

To officially kick-off Fraud Prevention Month, the Better Business Bureau, in conjunction with the Competition Bureau of Canada, has released their ‘Top 10 Scams for 2014.’

A link to this information, along with information on upcoming Fraud Prevention Month events and activities can be found on the HRPS website.

The Halton Regional Police ask that you take some time this month to educate yourself on fraud prevention tips and strategies to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Anyone with information fraudulent crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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