Throughout Fraud Prevention Month (March), the Edmonton Police Service and its partners in government, law enforcement and business provide information on common frauds and ways to avoid becoming a victim of economic crimes. Fraud awareness is ongoing, so please take advantage of the many resources and links available.
Additional Fraud Prevention Links
If you've been a victim call the Edmonton Police Service immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from your mobile phone. If you're a victim of fraud, do not be afraid to come forward. You are not alone. We are here to help you.
To report a fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or at 1-888-495-8501.
Economic and Personal Information Scams
Is your password for everything, "password"? You're probably at risk for cyber fraud. See our Computer Security and Cyber Fraud safety page for more information.
With your whole life accessible on one hand-held device, you need to keep yourself protected! See our Technology Safety page for tips to keep your device, and everything in it, safe.
Credit Cards have a high risk of being compromised. See our Credit and Debit Card Fraud safety page for ways to protect your money.
Did you know that 85% of identity theft are between 18-59 years of age? See our Identity Fraud safety page for tips to keep your identity safe.
The most common form of contact for mass-market scams is through the phone and the internet. See our Mass-Market Fraud safety page for details.
Door-to-door scams can range from fake charities to fake home services. See our When a Stranger Comes Knocking page
for door-to-door scam prevention tips! And read our "Generous to a Fault
" article on Charity Scams.
The best way to protect yourself from online scams is to know what's out there and the best practices to keep your identity, money, and personal information safe! See our Online Frauds page to read about Romance Scams, Lottery and Contest Scams, Email scams, Charity Scams, Employment Scams, and Buy and Sell Website/social media Page Scams.
Please know that the Edmonton Police Service will NEVER call and ask for a financial donation, or for any of your financial information. If someone says they're from the EPS and are asking for money or your banking information, it's a scam!
CRA scams are all too frequent. Please know that the CRA will NEVER:
- Send an email and ask you to divulge personal or financial information.
- Ask for personal information through email or text message.
- Request payments by prepaid credit cards.
- Leave personal information on a voicemail.
- Use threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into paying a debt.
If you receive a call allegedly from the CRA saying you owe money, hang up and call the CRA to verify. For more CRA information, please visit their website.
Who to Contact
If you have been a victim of fraud, contact police by visiting a station or call 780-423-4567.
If you have not been a victim, but would like to report an attempted scam/fraud contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
If your social insurance number (SIN) has been stolen, contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.