Alberta RCMP target mass marketing and phone scams in fraud prevention campaign

Syed Azam

In support of the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association’s (ACCPA) Fraud Prevention Month campaign, the Alberta RCMP will provide a variety of helpful hints and resources in March. The goal of the campaign, which will have a weekly theme, is to inform Albertans about the numerous ways that fraudulent activity harms their communities.

The RCMP and other supporting agencies, including ACCPA, are focusing on phone scams and mass marketing this week. Among these are the following:

  • Phone scams;
  • Fraudulent telemarketers;
  • Mass mailouts and/or subscriptions;
  • Emergency and/or grandparent scams;
  • Work at home schemes;
  • CRA scams;
  • Foreign lottery or prize schemes;
  • Overpayment schemes;
  • Inheritance schemes; and,
  • Credit card interested rate reduction schemes.

Consider the following to better safeguard yourself against phone scams and mass marketing:

  • Do not provide any personal information to an unknown caller;
  • Do not allow yourself to be pressured by a caller with false deadlines;
  • You have the right to say no to any questions and directly contact a business to speak to a designated representative.

“With technology evolving at such a rapid rate, it’s no surprise that mass marketing and phone scams are adapting just as quickly. With the click of a button, scammers can make direct contact with potential victims over the phone or online.”

  • Cpl. Sean Milne, Alberta RCMP Provincial Economic Crime Team

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