The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Service NL:
Mr. Speaker, occurrences of fraudulent activity are becoming more common. In fact, recent statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre show that, in 2019, Canadians lost over $98 million to fraud.
During the month of March, the national fraud prevention campaign aims to help Canadians stand up to scammers who are costing them millions of dollars every year. It also helps educate and inform consumers on how to recognize, reject and report fraud.
From school aged children to the elderly, from consumers to corporations – everyone is vulnerable to fraud. As the digital world becomes increasingly important in the lives of residents, fraudsters are creating more elaborate schemes.
Knowledge is key, Mr. Speaker, and we must all be vigilant when it comes to fraud. Beware of any activity that does not appear to be legitimate. Report scams to authorities so they can warn other people and help minimize the chances of them spreading further. Tell your friends and family of any scams you are aware of to avoid them becoming a victim of this type of crime.
During Fraud Prevention Month, and throughout the year, our government encourages consumers to learn about ways to protect themselves from fraud. We remain committed to raising awareness about fraud and providing consumers with the tools and information they need to protect themselves and others.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.