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March is Fraud Awareness Month

Mon March 9, 2020

March is Fraud Awareness month and the Saint John Police Force is sharing some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.

“Scammers use websites, emails, social media platforms and phones to try and reel people in,” says Communications Manager Jim Hennessy. “In recent years, we have seen many different scenarios scammers use to try and steal money. I need you to transfer cash or you will be arrested, if you don’t send cash or gift cards as payments your power will be cut off and there has been some activity with your social insurance card and we need you to give it to us for verification.” No agency whether it be police, government or utility will ever demand payment over the phone,” says Hennessy.

Spelling mistakes in an email or on a website are a strong indicator something is amiss. You receive a game card in the mail indicating you have already won a “grand prize” even though you have not entered a contest. Throw the card away. Be very cautious about accepting friend requests on social media from people you do not know. If the profile looks empty and fairly generic, those are some red flags that point to a scam.

“Common sense is your best weapon in the fight against fraud. Never be in a hurry to make a decision and if you are uncomfortable, go with that feeling,” says Hennessy.

If you, a friend or family member have been the victim of a fraud or scam, feel free to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or for tips on how to prevent fraud, check out the Financial and Consumers Commission website.



Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force