“This is the 20th year of Fraud Prevention Month, and Alberta’s government has been a proud supporter and participant every year because we are committed to protecting consumers while also ensuring we are a strong place for businesses to invest. We know that a protected consumer is a confident consumer, and that’s good for business. The Consumer Protection Act provides strong protection against unscrupulous business practices through enforcement tools, penalties, and other remedies to address and prevent unfair practices.

“As technology and communications evolve, so do the tactics fraudsters use. That’s why it’s so important that individuals, businesses, communities, and all levels of government work together. During Fraud Prevention Month, it’s important to highlight the supports in place to help consumers navigate the tricky waters of fraud.

“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 (CIU) by calling 1-877-427-4088. The CIU reviews consumer complaints, ensures compliance with consumer protection and tenancy laws, and assesses and investigates potential violations, including serious cases that may involve criminal offences such as fraud.

“We encourage Albertans to explore the resources we have available online and learn how to protect themselves against fraud. We have extensive educational materials available and the more we all learn how to identify scams and frauds and how we can protect ourselves, the more confident we will be and the less likely we will be taken advantage of.”

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