WELLINGTON COUNTY – Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) partnered with Victim Services Wellington and Wellington County OPP to create Fraud Talk, designed to help victims of this crime, and reduce the chance of being targeted by fraudsters.
CSGW received funding from the Ministry of the Solicitor General to increase awareness of fraud in the county.
Launched March 1, during Fraud Prevention Month, the campaign features an in person or online presentation, and advertising.
According to CSGW program coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter, Fraud Talk will provide tools to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of fraud and help reduce stigma.
“Fraud Talk means just that, we need to talk about fraud,” Bowers-Peter stated in a press release.
She stated few victims choose to report “and that’s believed to be a result of shame and embarrassment.”
“What people don’t realize is that by failing to report fraud, you allow it to continue and target others in the community,” she added.
Bowers-Peter noted the loss to victims ranges in the hundres of millions of dollars.
By partnering with Victim Services Wellington, Bowers-Peter explained in the release, victims are the focus of Fraud Talk messaging.