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September 21, 2007 16:39 ET

Competition Bureau Wins award: Bureau Recognized for Raising Health-Fraud Awareness Among Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - The Competition Bureau announced today that it has received the 2007 Edward Mazak Advancement in Public Awareness Award in recognition of the Bureau's efforts to focus consumer attention on important health fraud issues through its Fraud Prevention Forum work.

The award, from the Canadian Health Care Anti-fraud Association (CHCAA), is given to an individual or organization that excels in raising public awareness of health-care fraud.

"The Competition Bureau is proud of its efforts to improve the accuracy of information that reaches consumers and is grateful to see them acknowledged through this award," said Sheridan Scott, Commissioner of Competition. "This award is further proof that the effort we put into consumer education initiatives has been successful. We intend to keep our focus in this area."

The Bureau has been active in fighting health-related fraud, due to the serious repercussions it can carry both for the economy and individuals. The Bureau targets health fraud issues including: bogus weight-loss schemes, cure-all scams and products claiming false health benefits.

In 2004, the Bureau organized the Fraud Prevention Forum, a concerned group of private sector firms, consumer and volunteer groups, and government and law enforcement agencies committed to fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses. The Forum, chaired by the Bureau, conducts a Fraud Prevention Month campaign in March of every year. The Forum's work, which complements enforcement efforts in the field of health-care fraud, has included consumer alerts, Web awareness campaigns, and international collaboration to combat diabetes and weight-loss fraud.

The CHCAA, founded in 2000, includes public and private-sector health-care organizations interested in preventing fraud in the Canadian health care environment.

Members of the public that suspect a fraudulent activity or are contacted by scam artists should call PhoneBusters, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre, at 1-888-495-8501.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency. We contribute to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.

More information on the Fraud Prevention Forum is available at
http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/internet/index.cfm?itemID=122&lg=e

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