Desjardins supports Fraud Prevention Month

    March is the ideal month for Desjardins to remind its members and clients
    of the importance of protecting themselves from identity theft.

    MONTREAL, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - During the 2009 campaign to raise
awareness about fraud prevention, Desjardins Group is pleased to join the
Fraud Prevention Forum along with several other partners, chaired by the
federal Competition Bureau.
    Throughout March, caisses, branches and other components of Desjardins
Group will be raising awareness about identity theft among their members and
clients, highlighting the importance of following rules to guard against
identity theft and protect their personal information. Web surfers can go to to learn more about different types of fraud, like
phishing, and how to protect themselves.
    "A study by the Canada Research Chair in Security, Identity and
Technology showed that in 2006-2007, Québec had 338,000 cases of identity
theft, which is why we feel it is important to raise awareness among our
members and clients about this fraud that is being committed every day,"
stated Yves Beaudoin, Vice-President, Specialized Advisory Services Division,
Fédération des caisses Desjardins.
    This presents yet another opportunity for Desjardins to encourage its
members, clients and employees to adopt good behaviours to protect their
identities and their personal information.
    "Our alliance with the Bank Crime Prevention and Investigation Office
(BCPIO), a group that is part of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), whose
main objective is to share information in order to prevent financial crimes,
and our ties with the Institut de sécurité de l'information du Québec (ISIQ)
show that we take identity theft very seriously," said Yves Beaudoin.
    Other than this campaign, Desjardins has instituted several precautionary
measures - and has for some time now - to ensure the security of its members
and clients and their personal information. In fact, these measures are posted
in the Online security section of its Web site at More
than just a source for reliable information, it's also a tool to raise
awareness and educate people on the different types of fraud being committed.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of $150 billion, as at September 30, 2008. It comprises a
network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec and Ontario,
and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general insurance, securities
brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of which are active
across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000 employees and the
commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers, Desjardins offers its 5.8
million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of financial
products and services. Its physical distribution network is complemented by
leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

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For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7275, 1-866-866-7000, ext.

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