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November 12, 2010 11:06 ET

Minister Toews Commends the RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on Fraud Awareness Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in recognition of the launch of the RCMP's fraud awareness campaign and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's (CAFC) new website. 

"Fraud has a devastating impact on individuals, families, businesses and damages Canada's economic integrity," said Minister Toews. "The RCMP and the CAFC efforts bring awareness to this pervasive and growing problem. Educating the public and the media about various types of frauds and how to avoid falling victim to them is key to fraud prevention."

The RCMP's six week media campaign, running from the beginning of November to mid-December 2010, aims to draw attention to how serious a problem fraud is in Canada. This campaign is supported by the CAFC's new website which provides the latest information on emerging fraud trends and advice on protecting yourself against fraud.

"We need to dispel the myth that fraud isn't a serious problem. Today's frauds are increasingly sophisticated and the impact can be devastating," said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, Director General of Financial Crime. "We encourage Canadians to be informed and remain vigilant. Prevention through public education and awareness greatly contributes to the fight against fraud. No one deserves to be a victim."

Originally known as PhoneBusters, the CAFC is a combined effort of the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Competition Bureau Canada. Since its inception in 1993, the CAFC has grown to become Canada's one-stop shop for fraud reporting. It serves as a valuable tool in evaluating the effects that various types of fraud have on the public and helps to prevent similar frauds from taking place in the future. 

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