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Millions of dollars are lost through frauds and scams, and thousands of victims are stung each year. In Winnipeg, each year someone loses his/her life savings to a fast-talking swindler who convinced them to take part in a something that was NOT what it seemed.

Con artists often see the elderly as easy targets for this type of crime, but we should all TakeAction to educate ourselves in the best methods to prevent frauds and scams.

Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.

Wise words from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).

The CAFC is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on fraud.
For up to date information on Scams go to the Government of Canada's Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre   or call them at 1-888-495-8501.

They have a page for the newest scams and a page for the most common scams.

Information about how to protect yourself against fraud

f you believe you have been a victim of fraud answer the following questions:

  • Did you lose any money?
    • If yes, continue to the next question
    • If no, report the fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or call 1-888-495-8501 between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm
  • Do you live in the City of Winnipeg?
    • If yes, continue to the next question
    • If no, report the fraud to your local police service
  • To report the fraud within Winnipeg:

Fraud Prevention Videos

Click on the icon in the top left corner of the video to see all the crime prevention videos in this collection.

 

Want More Information? Take Action

If you want more information or have any questions about Consumer Frauds and Scams, contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322 or via email or Manitoba Consumer and Corporate Affairs Consumers’ Bureau at 204-945-3800.

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Due to demand, we request you contact us at least six weeks prior to the event. Most presentations are one hour in duration.

Presentations are free of charge, however the organization requesting the presentation must supply the venue. You must have at least 15 people registered to attend your event.

 

Last update: August 16, 2018