RCMP advising residents to stay informed about fraud
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:08 am
The month of March has been declared Fraud Prevention Month by the RCMP and the Airdrie detachment is putting the word out to the public.
Unlike other specific monthly tasks, such as impaired driving, fraud prevention doesn’t require increased man power or focus, but is more about sharing information and keeping the public informed, according to the RCMP.
“The best way for people to protect themselves against fraud and scams is to be savvy about the types of scams that are out there,” said Cpl. Greg Tulloch, Airdrie RCMP.
The RCMP is promoting websites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Equifax and TransUnion as information vehicles for Alberta residents to stay up to date on the latest online and telephone scams.
“Our message is for people to protect themselves,” said Tulloch.
“If an email or phone message is telling you that you’ve won something or is soliciting you for money or credit card information, you need to be aware and be asking questions like, ‘is this too good to be true?’”
Tulloch explained that in many cases, if something seems too good to be true, it is, and that exercising common sense is the best practice.
Another method of fraud that police are seeing more often is people fishing for credit card information through Kijiji ads. People will call to inquire about an ad and suggest online payment and attempt to get your credit card or banking information.
“The best advice we can offer is to just never give out that information to someone that you don’t know,” said Tulloch. “If you feel you may have been the victim of an attempted scam or fraud, we encourage you to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud website and report it so the information gets out there.”
What to do
In the event that your identification, license, credit card information are taken, Tulloch advises visiting the Equifax website, an organization that is in place to prevent against identity theft and credit card scams.
TransUnion is another organization that serves a similar purpose.
“If your credit card information has been taken through a scam, contact the RCMP immediately,” said Tulloch.
“We will take the necessary action and direct you to the Anti-Fraud Centre.”