Thursday, April 11, 2013

#Fraudchat covers what to do if you’re a victim of fraud

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST, #Fraudchat covers what to do if you’re a victim of fraud

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:31 PM
Financial Crimes Unit:  416-808-7300

Since November 2012 the Financial Crimes Unit has partnered with the Financial Service Commission of Ontario to educate the public about financial crimes and fraud through the use of social media.

Every Thursday evening, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST, these two agencies host a one-hour forum on Twitter called “#Fraudchat.” This program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Kristen Rose, Senior Communications Officer of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and Detective Sergeant Cameron Field of the TPS Financial Crimes Unit.

Tonight’s edition covers what to do if you are a victim of fraud. Fraud has often been described as a victimless crime but is, in fact, the very opposite. Fraud affects people in a number of different ways. In romance scams victims not only suffer financially, they also suffer emotional trauma. In grandparent scams victims not only suffer financial loss, they also lose trust. Victims oftentimes describe feeling foolish and guilty. No victim should have to feel this way. Tonight Fraudchat will provide comprehensive information on what to do if you get defrauded.

To follow this program, please log on to Twitter and type in #Fraudchat to follow along. Other applications like “Tweet Chat” are also helpful in following and contributing to the program. Join us and learn how to avoid this crime and bring your questions to our experts.

Visit the Toronto Police Fraud Prevention Month 2013 campaign for more information on how you can better protect your family.

Please join us on #Fraudchat every Thursday evening and learn about frauds and scams that target our communities.

For more information on this program and the Fraud Prevention Month strategy of the Toronto Police Service, please contact Detective Sergeant Cameron Field at 416-808-7300.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Bryce Evans, Financial Crimes Unit


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