Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre readies awareness campaign
The Ontario Provincial Police, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will conduct a campaign from June 6 to 10 intended to raise awareness of the role of money mules in fraud. The term “mule” refers to an individual who acts as a middle person to transfer stolen money, knowingly or unknowingly, in order to make it more difficult to trace. Money is often transferred using bank wire transfers, email money transfers, through money services businesses and cryptocurrencies.
On June 8, the CAFC and OPP will host a live chat on social media to discuss money mules and related fraud. Speakers will include intelligence researcher and profiler Nancy Cahill of the CAFC, and liaison officer acting detective sergeant John Armit of the CAFC, among others. The campaign will also include additional social media content.
“At the CAFC, we continue to work tirelessly with law enforcement and partners to target fraudsters, recover funds and raise awareness about scams and fraud, but everyone has a part to play in fraud prevention and recovery,” said Guy Paul Larocque of CAFC. “With the notable increase in fraud reports in Canada, it is more important than ever for Canadians to know what scams and fraud look like, how to protect themselves and to always report them.”