Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 04, 2008 14:43 ET

Statement: Minister Day Acknowledges Fraud Prevention Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement:

"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge March as Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and around the world.

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall prey to deceptive telephone, mail and Internet fraud schemes, with reported losses in the millions of dollars. Last week, the RCMP laid charges in British Columbia in relation to a major identity theft operation. The discovery of 2,400 pieces of stolen mail, including 500 credit cards, 100 driver's licenses and hundreds of tax returns is further proof that we must all be vigilant about fraud prevention.

Protecting Canadians and their communities from fraud and other forms of economic crime is extremely important to this government. On November 21, 2007, this government introduced new identity theft legislation that would make it an offence to obtain, possess or traffic in other people's identity information in order to commit a crime.

This government will continue to work with our partners to fight fraud - a crime that victimizes individuals and businesses, and society as a whole."

For more information on protecting yourself against fraud, visit www.phonebusters.com. PhoneBusters, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre, is the national call centre for reporting fraud complaints.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863