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Alberta Fraud Prevention

Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

29-Feb-2008

Albertans are encouraged to Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

Albertans are encouraged to Recognize it. Report it. Stop it. during the third annual Fraud Prevention Month, a province-wide educational campaign.

Over the next four weeks, Albertans can find out how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud or scams through education, information and community events. Events will take place across the province based on weekly themes: identity theft, counterfeiting payment methods, cyber crime issues and mass market scams.

Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Frank Work says, “The keys to preventing fraud and identity theft lie in the hands of individuals and the businesses which collect their customers’ information.  We all need to be more aware of this.”

Deputy Commissioner Rod Knecht of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says, “Your personal information is more valuable than cash. Once compromised, this information may be repeatedly used to acquire goods and services or to hide criminal activities under your name. Protect your personal information like it's your most prized possession.”

“Fraud is a very serious, on-going issue, and the risk of becoming a fraud victim is not linked to age, race, income or geographical location,” states Chief Mike Boyd, President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police. “Albertans should view their personal information as a commodity -- a valuable commodity that con artists would like to exploit. We are working to prevent Albertans from becoming victims of fraud by educating them on how to ‘recognize it, report it and stop it.”

Chief Rick Hanson, of the Calgary Police Service, adds, “The police alone cannot solve this problem. All Albertans must be aware of the need to protect the security of their identity and be vigilant in doing so to ensure that their finances and identity are not compromised.”

Alberta Fraud Prevention Month is a joint initiative of private sector firms, consumer groups, law enforcement and government departments and agencies committed to fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses. It springs from a federal campaign run by the Competition Bureau of Canada.