Competition Bureau Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

February 28, 2014 14:12 ET

Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.: Competition Bureau Launches Fraud Prevention Month

2014 Marks Fraud Prevention Month's 10th Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 28, 2014) - Competition Bureau

Today, the Competition Bureau, alongside representatives of the Vancouver Police Department, the Better Business Bureau and Fraud Prevention Forum partners, officially kicked off Fraud Prevention Month by announcing this year's Top Ten Scams.

This year's event marks the 10th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month and the Bureau's representative, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Morgan Currie, announced that the Bureau will be undertaking a number of new awareness initiatives throughout the month.

Details about events being hosted by the Bureau and its Forum partners can be found on the Bureau's Calendar of Events.

On the 10th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month, the Bureau would like to remind Canadians that, when it comes to fraud, it remains as important today as it was in 2004 to recognize it, report it, and stop it!

Quick Facts

  • This year, the Bureau will be launching its popular publication, the Canadian Edition of The Little Black Book of Scams in e-reader format, making it accessible to Canadians on tablets, smartphones and e-readers.
  • The Bureau has also developed a series of animated videos based on scams found in The Little Black Book of Scams, and will be launching these throughout the month.
  • As part of its 2nd annual "2 Good 2 B True Day", the Bureau will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, March 11. The Bureau will be encouraging social media users to talk about scams while using the hashtag #2G2BT, in addition to #FPM2014.
  • On March 24th, the Bureau will be launching the 1st annual Anti-Cartel Day. This day is aimed at raising awareness of other types of fraud, such as bid-rigging and price-fixing.

Quotes

"Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of age, education or income. The best way to put a stop to crimes like the Top Ten Scams is to recognize it and report it to the agencies fighting fraud on the front lines. By recognizing scams and reporting them, consumers and businesses can protect themselves and assist the Bureau and its partners in the fight against fraud."

John Pecman,

Commissioner of Competition

Related Information

- The Top Ten Scams can be found on the Better Business Bureau's website.

- To report instances of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca, or call 1-888-495-8501.

- To report cases of unacceptable business practices, such as misleading representations and deceptive marketing, contact the Bureau at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca, or call 1-800-348-5358.

- Canadians may also contact their local police forces.

Associated Links

- Top Ten Scams over ten years: New media, same old cons

FRAUD: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.

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