Thursday, October 01, 2015

#Fraudchat & Cyber Security Awareness Month

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1 p.m., #Fraudchat & Cyber Security Awareness Month

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 9:19 AM
Financial Crimes:  416-808-7300

During October, the Toronto Police Service's Financial Crimes Unit and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario will be hosting a special #Fraudchat series for Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Cyber Security Awareness Month was created to educate internet users about online security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. The campaign’s goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to inform consumers about better practices and safeguards to combat cyber-crime.

About #Fraudchat
#Fraudchat is a bi-weekly Twitter chat that takes place on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST on Twitter. Each #Fraudchat focuses on a different theme related to fraud prevention and includes special guests who are experts on the topic.

Launched in November 2012, this program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Detective Gail Regan (@reganfcu), Detective Constable Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU), and Detective Natalie Hegarty (@HegartyFCU) of the TPS Financial Crimes Unit and members of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, (@FSCOTweets).

Upcoming #Fraudchats in October 2015

- October 1, 2015 - Identity Theft
- October 15, 2015 - Online scams and phishing
- October 29, 2015 - Protecting yourself online

Today, at 1 p.m., we will be joined by special guest, the Canadian Bankers Association, to answer questions on cyber security. Members of the public can follow @CdnBankers using the hashtag #Fraudchat on twitter.

To follow #fraudchat, members of the public log on to Twitter from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST and follow the #Fraudchat hashtag. An application such as Tweetdeck, which allows users to separately view tweets containing this hashtag, is also helpful in following the chat.

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.

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Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Gail Regan, Financial Crimes Unit

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