If you suspect you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone. If you have been a victim, reporting fraud for police to investigate helps to identify trends or link crimes.
Gathering all information related to the fraud and reporting it to your financial institution to flag your accounts. Once you report the fraud to police, you will be given a file number that you can use to reference the occurrence and update with additional information if applicable.
If you have encountered a fraud attempt, but have not lost any money or personal information, please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). The CAFC compiles information on reported frauds to help inform the public.
If you have lost money through fraud, contact the Barrie Police Service Fraud Unit at 705-725-7025.
March is Fraud Prevention Month and throughout the month we’ll be sharing Fraud Alerts and additional information on how to recognize, reject and report fraud. Visit www.barriepolice.ca/Fraud-Prevention for more information.