OPP en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to rec­og­nize fraud

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - If you or some­one you know sus­pect they’ve been a vic­tim of fraud, con­tact your lo­cal po­lice ser­vice or the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre through a new, easy to use Fraud Re­port­ing Sys­tem (FRS). To re­port fraud or any crime anony­mously, con­tact Crime Stop­per

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) and its Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre part­ners have launched their an­nual Fraud Prevention Month cam­paign to pre­vent thou­sands of Cana­di­ans from fall­ing vic­tim to fraud.

Dur­ing the month of March, the OPP, the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP) and the Com­pe­ti­tion Bu­reau of Canada join po­lice ser­vices across the coun­try to pro­mote pub­lic aware­ness to help pre­vent all Cana­di­ans from be­com­ing vic­tims of fraud.

“Crim­i­nals prey on so­ci­ety’s most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to fuel fur­ther crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. We all need to do what we can to en­sure the pub­lic rec­og­nizes and re­ports all types of fraud to pre­vent fur­ther harm and vic­tim­iza­tion,” stated Deputy Com­mis­sioner Rick Bar­num, Pro­vin­cial Com­man­der OPP In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Or­ga­nized Crime.

This year, the OPP’s Fraud Prevention Month ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign is high­light­ing three mass mar­ket­ing fraud pri­or­i­ties in­clud­ing:

• Emer­gency Scam and Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA) scam; • Ro­mance scam; • Mi­crosoft/Com­puter ser­vice scams.

Fraud-re­lated crimes take a de­struc­tive toll on vic­tims while amass­ing mil­lions of dol­lars to fur­ther crim­i­nal en­ter­prises. Sadly, 95 per­cent of fraud vic­tims never re­port the crime to po­lice. Re­gard­less of age, gen­der and lo­ca­tion, ev­ery­one can take ba­sic steps to bet­ter pro­tect them­selves from be­com­ing vic­tims of fraud. Some ba­sic tips in­clude never giv­ing out per­sonal or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion at the door, over the phone, by e-mail or through so­cial me­dia, or on to un­se­cured re­tail or dat­ing web­sites.

The OPP has been post­ing tips and links to var­i­ous re­sources on­line. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to en­gage in the con­ver­sa­tion to help them rec­og­nize, re­ject and re­port fraud” on so­cial me­dia by us­ing the hash­tags #FPM2017 #Don­tBeAVic­tim and #OPPtips.

If you or some­one you know sus­pect they’ve been a vic­tim of fraud, con­tact your lo­cal po­lice ser­vice or the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre through a new, easy to use Fraud Re­port­ing Sys­tem (FRS). To re­port fraud or any crime anony­mously, con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS) or on­line at https://www.tip­sub­mit. com/start.htm

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