March is fraud prevention month

March is fraud prevention month.  Each year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Every year in Manitoba, someone loses his/her life savings to a scammer who convinced them to take part in a something that was NOT what it seemed.

Here are some commonly accessed resources to help protect yourself, or others, from fraud.

The Little Black Book of Scams is a resource developed by the Government of Canada that offers tips to help recognize the latest frauds. Additional fraud resources can be found here.

Manitoba Consumer Protection Office provides resources on how consumers can protect themselves from frauds and scams, among other topics.

Many local Seniors Resource Councils, in partnership with the local police, offer training in fraud awareness. Here are a few councils that offer it as a direct program:

Some Senior Resource Councils may offer fraud awareness by request. We recommend you contact them directly to find out for sure. Click here for a list of councils in Manitoba. Other councils that may not be listed on 211 can be found here

The following agencies also provide information about fraud prevention and awareness:

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, you can report to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre.  Follow this link for more information. Or you can report to your local RCMP detachment and select alternate locations near the bottom of that page.