“March is Fraud Prevention Month and I want to remind Albertans that the best way to fight fraud is to educate yourself. The more information you have, the less likely you’ll be a victim. The Government of Alberta website has a number of resources to help consumers. Our tip sheets help both consumers and businesses protect themselves in various transactions and market situations. Consumers can also check online if a business is licensed and use our Business Enforcement Search Tool (BEST) to find out if we have taken action against an individual or business.

“The Consumer Protection Act and its regulations provide strong protection against unscrupulous business practices through remedies, enforcement tools and penalties intended to discourage unfair practices in the marketplace.

“If you think someone has tried to scam or defraud you, be sure to report it to your local police agency or to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For business-related scams, you can report them to Alberta’s Consumer Investigations Unit by calling 1-877-427-4088.”

Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction

“Frauds and scams continuously increase due to advances in technology. Often, cases are under-reported out of embarrassment or fear of being judged. We encourage all victims to come forward with their stories. The more knowledge authorities and the public have about fraud activities, the harder it is for criminals to find victims.

“Fraud Prevention Month is also an opportunity to remind Albertans who have applied for and are receiving affordability payments to continue to be vigilant against fraudsters. Remember, the government would never text you or make an unsolicited call to ask you for your personal information.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice