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Frauds

Fraud affects everyone regardless of age or ethnicity. Fraudsters develop elaborate stories and scenarios in an effort to make you believe they are legitimate.

In 2019, there were 6492 frauds reported to the Edmonton Police Service. Over $32 million was lost by victims in Edmonton alone.

One key way to avoid being scammed is simply taking a moment to truly consider and research what is being offered/threatened, etc. 
“We have become so isolated in the online world that we don’t want to pick up the phone to have that legitimate conversation, which could ultimately save you money, personal information, and more,” Detective Linda Herczeg stated. “We want citizens and businesses to take that extra time to research and verify the companies that are contacting you when something, even the small details, seem off.”

Overall 2019 Fraud Stats

Fraud / Scam Type

Occurrences w/ Reported Loss

Amount Lost

Bank Fraud

725

$ 9,687,668.15

Relationship - Family / Friend

20

$ 5,242,398.71

Business Fraud

141

$ 3,827,595.71

Romance Scam

62

$ 3,201,380.21

Contract/Contractor Fraud

17

$ 1,771,131.49

Account Fraud/Takeover Scam

70

$ 1,331,141.63

Vehicle Fraud

17

$ 1,210,429.19

Identity Theft/Fraud

160

$ 1,032,839.25

Investment Scam

17

$ 1,017,838.79

Immigration Scam

16

$ 730,250.31

Online - Buy / Sell Scam

279

$ 723,500.69

Email Compromise Scam

30

$ 718,361.08

Lottery Scam

34

$ 661,631.88

Employment Scam

156

$ 525,595.14

Inheritance Scam

3

$ 447,344.73

Service Canada/SIN Card Scam

72

$ 443,791.00

Canada Revenue Agency Scam

51

$ 286,150.04

Computer Scams

51

$ 278,320.58

Police Officer Impersonation Scam

21

$ 251,550.00

Loan - Scam

32

$ 136,825.14

Grandparent/Nephew Scam

15

$ 134,856.00

Rental Property Scam

33

$ 108,182.43

Cloned/Fraudulent Websites

25

$ 95,823.43

Phone Number Ported/SIM Card Scam

19

$ 85,058.94

Prize Scam

9

$ 74,060.00

Chinese Embassy/Consulate Scam

3

$ 58,220.00

Social Media Scams

13

$ 52,921.41

Psychic Scam

9

$ 38,115.00

Relationship - Sugar Daddy

10

$ 33,980.00

Charity/Fundraising/Grant Scams

10

$ 22,709.20

Prize Scam

2

$ 20,242.89

Relationship - Romance Scam - Sextortion

6

$ 18,450.00

Gift Card / Loyalty Card Fraud/Scams

11

$ 14,777.50

Insurance Fraud

1

$ 10,580.00

Services Scam

6

$ 5,030.00

ETS Ticket Fraud

8

$ 1,183.60

Canada Post Fraud - Forward mail

1

$ 806.52

Totals

2155

$ 34,300,740.64

Investigating Frauds

Edmonton Police Service - Economic Crimes
The Economic Crimes Section reviews and evaluates all complaints of fraud, false pretences, credit card offences, counterfeiting crimes, identity theft and perjury, and assigns them for further investigation as required.

Victims of Fraud
If you’ve been a victim of fraud, 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.

Report a Fraud
To report a fraud that you have not fallen victim to, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or at 1-888-495-8501.


We would like to thank the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for their wealth of knowledge that we have been able to use on our website to provide expert advice to our citizens.

Fraud Prevention Pamphlet

Download our Fraud Prevention Pamphlet.

Translated pamphlets available here!