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Mass-Market Fraud

More than one million Canadians have reported being targeted for mass-market frauds. These criminal activities target multiple victims in the hopes that a small percentage of those contacted will respond. The most common form of contact is by telephone and the Internet.

The most common types of mass-market fraud in Canada are:

  • Cheque cashing/money transfer
  • Prize lottery or sweepstakes 
  • Advance fee loans 
  • Employment/work from home 
  • Overpayment for sale of merchandise 
  • Upfront fee for credit cards 
  • Investment fraud 
  • Advance fee vacations 
  • Bogus health products or cures
  • Charity donations
Please remember: the Edmonton Police Service, the Edmonton Police Commission, the Edmonton Police Foundation and the Edmonton Police Association will never call and ask for donations. These phone calls are a scam. We will also never email a traffic infraction. That is also a scam!

On average, individual victims lose $557 and in total, Canadians lose approximately $450 million annually. Fraudsters are motivated by greed and will rush you to make quick decisions without thinking it through. If you have any questions or concerns, stop or slow the process and do some research. Get second opinions and contact your local police station. The golden rule of fraud is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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.