Barriere RCMP to hold frauds and scams public info session on Dec. 21

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don’t think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and in some cases, lives have all been lost. Scammers victimize vulnerable Canadians, individuals who may be at their lowest. The best way to fight these types of crime is through awareness. The Barriere RCMP Detachment are pleased to announce they will be holding an upcoming frauds and scams information session for anyone who would like to be more informed about this growing problem The presentation is free of charge and is slated to take place on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Barriere Ridge School (Municipal Hall), 4936 Barriere Town Road. The session will detail common frauds and scams that are circulating, and is open to all community members. Learning about common types of scams and fraud can help you protect yourself by knowing how to respond in a questionable situation. Scammers may try to steal your identity to access your bank accounts or run up debts in your name. They may ask for money outright, as in charity scams or investment fraud. They may even pretend to be a family member who needs cash right away. Once you have lost money in a scam, it may be impossible to get it back, even after you report the scam. The best defence is to educate yourself and avoid becoming a victim. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Start learning how to protect yourself by attending the RCMP information session on Dec. 21, 6 p.m. at the Barriere Ridge.