Fraud Prevention Month
Fraud Prevention Month
Fraud Prevention Month is an annual public awareness campaign held in March that works to prevent Canadians from
becoming victims of fraud by helping them "Recognize it. Report it. Stop it."
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual education and awareness campaign that began in 2004 by encouraging Canadians to recognize fraud, report fraud and stop fraud.
Spearheaded by the Competition Bureau, Fraud Prevention Month is a unique effort that brings together 125 law enforcement agencies and public and private sector organizations to combat fraud.
During the month of March, the Bureau and its partners in the Fraud Prevention Forum carry out numerous activities and host a variety of events to inform Canadians about the impact of fraud and how to protect themselves.
Check out the tips below, and visit the Bureau’s fraud prevention portal for more information and many other resources to help you fight fraud.
Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraud
- Don’t be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase.
- Be extra cautious about calls, emails or mailings offering international bonds or lottery tickets, a portion of a foreign dignitary’s bank account, free vacations, credit repair or schemes with unlimited income potential.
- Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection.
- Don’t purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the product, service and company.
- Don’t be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.
- Don’t disclose personal information about your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance and driver’s license numbers to any business that can’t prove it is legitimate.
- Shred unwanted personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills, unwanted receipts, cheques, pre-approved credit applications and old tax returns.
- Check your credit report every year and report problems immediately.
- If a scam artist contacts you, or if you’ve been defrauded: Report it! Your reports are vital to the anti-fraud efforts of law enforcement agencies.
Fraud Prevention Forum
Chaired by the Competition Bureau, the Fraud Prevention Forum is a concerned group of more than 125 private sector firms, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies and law enforcement organizations, who are committed to fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses. Through its partners, the Forum works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by educating them on how to recognize it, report it and stop it.
Since 2004, the Forum has been organizing Fraud Prevention Month campaigns to increase awareness of fraud and promote confidence in the marketplace.
Membership in the Forum has grown considerably over the years. At the initial launch in 2004, there were 22 members. Today, there are more than 125 members. A list of partners is available for consultation. If becoming a partner in the fight against fraud is of interest to your organization, please contact the Competition Bureau or any of the partners listed for further information.
The Fraud Prevention Forum model has been adopted around the world. Twenty-nine countries, including the U.S., Australia, England, Chile and Japan, host Fraud Prevention Month activities.
Fraud Prevention Month Campaign Material
Partners are encouraged to use the promotional material below as part of their Fraud Prevention Month activities.
These graphics were prepared in partnership with the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. They are available in Adobe Acrobat format. To read Adobe Acrobat files, you may need to download and install the free Adobe Reader available from Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Please note these graphics are available at high resolution for reproducing at your leisure. The Competition Bureau does not carry sufficient quantities for distribution of these products.
To obtain permission to reproduce these graphics for commercial redistribution and/or to obtain a copy, Apply for Crown Copyright Clearance.
Photocopying, digitizing, downloading, printing from the Internet, email forwarding as well as the performance of music, sound and video recordings are all activities subject to copyright.
Copyright in Canada is a matter of federal jurisdiction and is governed by the Canadian Copyright Act. The same copyright rules apply all across Canada. What is permitted or prohibited is the same in every province and territory.
Please note these banners and buttons can be used on your Web site to link back to the Fraud Prevention section of the Competition Bureau Web site during Fraud Prevention Month, or on related documents to raise awareness on fraud.
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