March is Fraud Prevention Month- Remember to “Know Your Source”

The Peterborough Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention campaign being launched today (March 13) in Toronto (#CrimePreventionONT). The Peterborough Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention campaign being launched today (March 13) in Toronto (#CrimePreventionONT).

The goal of this year’s campaign is to encourage Ontarians to “Know Your Source” when making on-line or mail order purchases, purchasing products from private individuals, and being aware of growing sophisticated fraud and cybercrime-related crimes. The campaign also highlights the need for knowing your source for when cannabis is legalized later this summer. The OACP has supported the Government of Ontario’s efforts to strictly regulate where individuals can purchase cannabis once it is legalized.

This year’s OACP Province-wide campaign asks each of us to be informed and careful about the sources of the products and services we purchase. The single most cost-effective way of bringing about community safety and well-being is preventing crime before it happens and that starts with each of us as individuals doing our part.

The new Know Your Source booklet includes information on:

  • Tips for Reducing the Risk of Victimization
  • Protecting Yourself From Online Fraud
  • Avoiding Tax Scams
  • The Facts About Lottery Scams
  • Facing the Opioid Crisis
  • Campus Community Safety
  • Stopping Auto Thefts
  • Preventing Break-ins
  • Risks Associated with Illegal Cannabis

The 2018 OACP Crime Prevention Campaign is supported by the following community partners: Accident Support Services International Ltd., Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Green Relief Inc., Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – School of Social & Community Services, Hydro One Networks, Interac Corp., Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., and The Bullet ID Corporation.

Know Your Source Facts:

  • Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of their education, age or income. From January 2014 to December 2016, it is estimated that Canadians lost over $290 million to fraudsters, with seniors aged 60 to 79 estimated to have lost almost $28 million to various scams.
  • In 2013 (the most recent data available from Statistics Canada), more than half of all cybercrime reported was described as a fraud violation, with 6,203 offenses out of a total of 11,124 offenses across all categories.
  • Depending on the price point for the legal, government-controlled retailing of cannabis, there will likely always be an illegal market for this substance even after legalization.

*From the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

To view the new Know Your Source booklet please visit Know Your Source Crime Prevention 2018