RCMP urging people to be fraud aware

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March is Fraud Prevention Month

Fraud Prevention Month in March is an annual event that allows the conversation to continue and raise public awareness.

Fraud Prevention Month in March is an annual event that allows the conversation to continue and raise public awareness.

AMHERST – Every year, too many Canadians fall victim to fraud. Most people don’t think it could happen to them, says Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP.

He said Fraud Prevention Month in March is an annual event that allows the conversation to continue and raise public awareness.

Through this awareness, Canadians can avoid becoming victims. “The more you know about fraud, the less likely you are to fall for a scam,” said Dow, community policing officer with Cumberland District RCMP. “All year long, RCMP officers attempt to help our communities by educating and informing citizens of ways to avoid being victimized by fraud.”

Fraud can take many forms and be in any place. Dow said it’s important for people to be aware of their surroundings, shield their PIN number while at stores, and ask questions of anyone calling your home.

“If you feel the person calling you should know some of the details they are asking, ask them to provide you with some information instead. Do not give out personal information unless you know the source to whom you are speaking,” Dow said.

For more information on scams and fraud please visit: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm .

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.

Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1

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