March Is Fraud Prevention Month

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:14 PM

Raising awareness will help to crack down on fraud, that from the Financial and Consumer Services Commission.

Spokesperson Marissa Sollows  says Canadians are being targeted by email, telephone, and even at their front door.

"More than 1000 New Brunswickers reported being targeted by fraud in 2017.  Almost 450 of them reported losing $1.4 million dollars over that same year," Sollows says.

Many cases of fraud are not reported, because people are embarrassed or ashamed to admit they have been scammed, but Sollows says it is important that you do notify someone.

"Fraudsters really count on that.  They are hoping you will  not notify someone so they can carry on."

If you are contacted, and are unsure about what the person is offering, or if you are unsure whether or not it is legit, Sollows say, you should contact the business directly.

Some useful links for further information are:  Red Flags of Fraud

                                                                                   How to Spot a Scam Artist