It's time to Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud!
OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Fraud Prevention Month (FPM) 2017 kicks off today with the release of Fraud Facts 2017, a snapshot of what fraud costs our society and the different types of scams that are currently affecting Canadians.
Fraud Facts was unveiled at a news conference in Ottawa. It is a joint effort based on information from the Competition Bureau, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the RCMP.
Today's announcement is part of FPM 2017. The Bureau and its partners will be making a number of announcements during FPM to help consumers and businesses recognize, reject and report fraud. So stay connected to make sure you have the information you need to arm yourself in the fight against fraud.
- Each week during FPM, the Bureau will be issuing consumer and business alerts on various topics. Stay connected to ensure that you are among the first to receive them.
- On Thursday March 9, be part of the 5th Annual Twitter Chat for '2 Good 2 B True' Day, which will focus on various scams and provide tips on how to reject them. We will encourage social media users to talk about scams while using the hashtags #2G2BT and #FPM2017. If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
- Follow the Bureau and #FPM2017 on Twitter to read about and join in the conversation on fraud prevention.
- Keep an eye on the Bureau's Facebook page for all of our Fraud Prevention Month announcements.
- Learn about some of the most common types of scams. Check out The Little Black Book of Scams and Videos. The more you know about scams, the better you can protect yourself.
"Consumer confidence in the marketplace is of the utmost importance to the government. The Competition Bureau works to protect all Canadians by cracking down on deceptive marketers and ensuring consumers have truthful information to make informed purchasing decisions."
Commissioner of Competition
"We have long recognized that the best way to combat and reduce economic crime is through prevention. This is not a battle that can be fought solely by law enforcement agencies. This is a shared responsibility. We continue to engage Canadians on this issue, to arm them with key information. Together, we can achieve effective prevention."
Todd G. Shean
Assistant Commissioner, RCMP
- To report instances of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca, or call 1‑888‑495‑8501.
- To report cases of misleading representations and deceptive marketing, contact the Bureau at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca, or call 1‑800‑348‑5358.
- Canadians may also contact the RCMP or their local police forces.
- Learn more about Fraud Prevention.
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
SOURCE Competition Bureau
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