March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and authorities want to keep as many people as possible from becoming victims.
 
"Historically over the past few years, we've done a lot of media releases to the public warning them of any ongoing frauds," noted Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles, who heads up the Drumheller RCMP Detachment. "I think that message has been getting across to the public."
 
There have been isolated incidents over the years where someone from the area falls for a smooth talking scammer and loses a lot of money. Charles notes it dates back to the infamous Nigerian letter promising riches in return for a five or six figure up front fee.
 
"Now, it's gone into electronic mail, email, it's going into texting, it's going onto fraudulent websites, phishing scams."
 
While no recent fraud cases have been reported in Drumheller or surrounding area, Charles maintains you have to keep your mental guard up.
 
"Fraud is generally an attempt by someone to gain usually money by promising you something or selling you something and it ends up being false," he noted. "Again, the old adage (is) if it sounds too good, chances are it's not true."
 
If you think someone is trying to defraud you, break off all contact and call the RCMP. The Drumheller Detachment number is 403-823-7590.

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