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Police advise public to be vigilant against fraud

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Guarding personal information is the message as Winnipeg Police Service rolls out "Fraud Awareness Month" next month.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the initiative, police have sent out a reminder to the public about what steps they can take to recognize fraud and what they can do to protect themselves. According to police, fraud losses totaled almost $100 million for Canadians in 2012.

The first steps in fraud awareness are being aware of the situations where fraud can occur. For example:

  • never send money to anyone you only know from an unsolicited phone call or email
  • never give out sensitive personal information online or over the phone
  • research any request for money before making a commitment
  • find a "fraud buddy" (someone whose advice you respect) and run any request for money by them before you commit to it
  • never feel pressured to make a quick decision -- if it sounds too good to be true it probably is

Police are setting up a information booth at Polo Park Shopping Centre (Mar. 8-9) to help educate citizens on fraud.

The WPS is also hosting a "shred it" event during the lunch hours on Mar. 31 at the St. Vital Shopping Centre, inviting people to bring unwanted personal documents (maximum two bags or boxes) and shred them for free.

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