The Russell County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and its Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre partners are continuing the Fraud Prevention Month campaign to help prevent thousands of Canadians from falling victim to fraud.

During the month of March, the OPP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Competition Bureau of Canada are joining police services across the country to promote public awareness of fraud.

The OPP’s focus is on four mass marketing fraud priorities including:

  • Extortion Scams;
  • Spear Phishing Scams;
  • Romance Scams and
  • Service Scams

Criminals will say anything to separate you from your hard-earned money. How can you protect yourself?

Be cautious. You have the right to check out any caller by requesting written information, a call back number, references and time to think over the offer. Legitimate business people will be happy to provide this information. They want the “bad guys” out of business too.

Always be careful about providing confidential, personal information, especially banking or credit card details, unless you are certain the company is legitimate. If you have doubts about a caller, your best defence is to simply hang up. It’s not rude – it’s smart.

If you’re in doubt, seek the advice of a close friend or relative, or even your banker. Rely on people you can trust.

Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Fraud…. Recognize it! Reject it! Report it!

Please refer to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website for information about the numerous types of scams and how to protect yourself and others.

If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.

If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501