Monday, March 3, 2014 12:01 pm ·  1 Comment
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:
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).