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.
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:
- The Manitoba Association of Senior Centres offers Police Academy for local area seniors. If you are outside of Winnipeg call the Rural Program Coordinator 204-841-1428 to request a training session for your organization. You may also be able to reach out your local city police and request information or training about fraud awareness
- Winnipeg Police
- Brandon Police
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.