May 26, 2022

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March marks Fraud Prevention Month and Alberta RCMP is sharing tips and tolls in support of the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association ‘s (ACCPA) annual initiative.

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Every year ACCPA launches Fraud Prevention Month to educate Albertans on fraud activity and how it directly impacts their communities. 

Using the hashtag #FPM2022 on social media, the RCMP’s focus this year include online scams, mass marketing and phone scams, business and fraud scams, identity theft and cryptocurrency scams.

“Educating yourself on how to identity fraudulent activity is crucial,” explained Cpl. Sean Milne, Alberta RCMP Provincial Economic Crime Team. “Today, with more and more online financial platforms and digital payment systems, there is increasing opportunity for scammers to get the better of you.”

In 2021, there were 106,306 reports of fraud in Canada and 67,533 people fell victim to fraud, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. There was about $380-million lost to fraud in Canada in 2021, and as of Jan. 31, 2022, there has been $34-million lost to fraud.

RCMP said if you believe you’ve fallen victim to fraud, be sure to contact your banks and credit card companies immediately.

Alberta RCMP is also sharing tips and tools on its Facebook page at RCMP in Alberta or on its Twitter account at @RCMPAlberta.

“We want to equip Albertans with the tools to be able to spot a scam and protect themselves, so that they may avoid…

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