Fraud affects everyone. The Edmonton Police Service receives reports from victims of all demographics each year because fraudsters can be quite smart. It is their full-time job to trick citizens for their financial gain, so they develop elaborate stories and scenarios and use strong emotions like fear, panic, and love in an effort to make you believe they are legitimate.
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.”
We also cannot stress this enough... talk about it. Talk about frauds with your loved ones. Your teens, siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, coworkers... have open conversations about the common scams that target us all and the common red flags of frauds.
Edmonton Police Service - Economic Crimes
The Economic Crimes Section reviews and evaluates all complaints of fraud, false pretenses, 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.