The Saint John Police Force Fraud Unit has three investigators who specialize in the prevention, education, and investigation of fraud-related matters. The unit handles the larger, time-consuming investigations that involve major fraud rings, large business fraud, and large internal thefts, among others.
Types of fraud investigated by the Fraud Unit include:
• Counterfeit (Currency and other Documents) Fraud
• Credit Card and Debit Card Fraud
• Social Assistance (Welfare) Fraud
• Computer/Internet Fraud
• Identity Theft
• Corporate Fraud
• Fraud Against Seniors
A key component of the Fraud investigators' work is the implementation of crime reduction strategies. A point of sale identification (P.I.N.) pad program was implemented in 2010 to protect business owners and consumers from credit and debit card fraud. Since the inception of the program, we have not had a report of PIN Pad tampering in Saint John. This program is ongoing and evolving.