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Financial Services Commission of Ontario Launches Fraud Prevention Month Campaign

TORONTO, March 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has launched new resources and is taking part in activities throughout Fraud Prevention Month to educate consumers about auto insurance fraud.

FSCO's new web portal, Fighting Fraud: What You Can Do, is designed to provide consumers with tips on how to avoid auto insurance fraud when shopping around for insurance as well as information on what to do after a collision.

Throughout the month of March, FSCO and the Toronto Police Service's Financial Crimes Unit are also running a special #fraudchat series for Fraud Prevention Month, featuring guest experts from the fields of law enforcement, journalism and internet security. #Fraudchat is a Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday from 9PM to 10PM EST on Twitter. To join in, members of the public simply need to follow the #fraudchat hashtag.

The #Fraudchat series for Fraud Prevention Month will cover the following topics:

  • March 6: How and why people fall for scams, featuring Ellen Roseman, personal finance columnist, Toronto Star
  • March 13: How to spot a scammer, featuring Dave Bellamy, Superintendent and Officer in Charge, GTA Financial Crime, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • March 20: What to do if you're a victim of fraud, featuring Jessica Gunson, Crime Analyst, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and Dave Bellamy, Superintendent and Officer in Charge, GTA Financial Crime, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • March 27: What's in your fraud prevention toolbox, featuring Robert Cairns, Web Designer, Social Media Consultant and Internet Security Specialist, RobertBcairns.com

FSCO will also be sharing weekly tips on fraud prevention via its Twitter account, @FSCOTweets, with the #FSCOTips hashtag.

These activities follow last week's #DontBeScammed event in which FSCO, alongside members of the Toronto Police Service and other organizations, kicked off Fraud Prevention Month with an educational event at St. Malachy Catholic School in Toronto. At this event, Terry Weller, FSCO's Head of Investigations, spoke to consumers about protecting themselves from auto insurance fraud when they're shopping around for insurance and when they've been in an accident. Highlights from the event can be viewed via the following links:

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SOURCE Financial Services Commission of Ontario

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