Kicking off Fraud Prevention Month—#FPM2018

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The Little Black Book of Scams

March 1, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

Today marks the beginning of the 14th annual Fraud Prevention Month, an education and awareness campaign that aims to help you recognize, reject and report fraud. 

Did you know that the fight against fraud starts with you? The old saying is true: knowledge is power. Avoiding fraud is all about knowing how to recognize the signs, reject the claims that seem too good to be true and reporting them to the authorities.  

This year, the Competition Bureau launches the second edition of the Little Black Book of Scams, a handy guide that exposes 12 of the most prevalent scams in Canada. The book provides tips and advice to Canadian consumers and businesses and features our six fraud-fighting superheroes. Find out how they earned their stripes and learn how you can become a fraud fighter too.  

Over the course of the month, the Bureau and its partners will be participating in a number of events and activities to raise awareness about new and ongoing scams. Stay connected to make sure you have the information you need to arm yourself in the fight against fraud.


“Consumers and businesses play a crucial role in the fight against fraud. By recognizing scams and reporting them, they can protect themselves and assist the Bureau and its partners in stopping fraud.“

Josephine Palumbo,
Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Deceptive Marketing Practices

“The RCMP's response to fraud is innovative and integrated. We work domestically with our municipal, provincial and federal partners, as well as internationally, to prevent, detect and deter financial crimes. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – a partnership between the RCMP, Competition Bureau and Ontario Provincial Police – proactively identifies emerging scams, trends and threats operating in Canada. Together, we target criminals to disrupt their work and help track them down.”

Joanne Crampton
Assistant Commissioner, Federal Policing Criminal Operations, RCMP

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