RCMP mark fraud prevention month
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - It's Fraud Prevention Month across Canada. The RCMP in the NWT is joining in to help make sure innocent people don't get scammed.
Constable Brent MacDonald is going to be hosting initiatives in Ndilo, for the Business Development Corporation, and Hay River for the Seniors Society.
He said it's particularly important to educate the seniors on certain scams.
"It's not because they are being targeted specifically, it's just that a lot of them are more trusting and maybe they’re not as aware or as cognizant of the internet safety as their grandchildren would be," said MacDonald.
There are various types of fraud, including identity theft, phishing, and scams that target on-line shopping, and social networking. MacDonald said there are a few ways to avoid it.
"You don't want to give anyone your banking information. If you get any phonecalls or unsolicited e-mails that you don't think are legitimate, then there is nothing wrong with checking with the source. Call the bank; call the internet provider just to confirm that they are trying to call you. It's very unlikely that they are calling you asking you for your banking information," said MacDonald.
Yellowknife will also be hosting some fraud awareness initiatives over the course of the month.
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