Fraud Prevention Month Initiative - FREE Document Shredding Event

By: KW Now - Local Police News
| Published 03/27/2015


March is Fraud Prevention month and members of the Waterloo Regional Police Fraud Branch in partnership with Waterloo Region Crime Stoppers invite the community to attend a free document shredding event.

March is Fraud Prevention month

On Saturday March 28, 2015, the public is invited to bring their personal documents to the parking lot at the Cambridge Centre, 355 Hespeler Road between 9am and 1pm.

“Identity theft accounts for approximately 15% of local calls for service,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Rob Cowan of the Waterloo Regional Police Service Fraud Branch. “We strongly encourage people to consider shredding documents containing personal, financial information or other sensitive information as one of the best ways to prevent identity fraud.”

Members of the Fraud Branch will be available at the shredding event to assist the community with questions relating to fraud prevention. Later on Saturday, Police representatives will also be present at the "Fifties Plus Expo" at the Stanley Park Community Centre from 1:30pm to 5pm to provide information and respond to general inquiries.

Each year during March, Waterloo Regional Police in partnership with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and municipal police services participate in Fraud Prevention Month. This annual initiative creates an opportunity to raise awareness about fraud trends and common scams occurring in our community, as well as identifying ways in which the public can work with police to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.

Anyone wishing to report a monetary loss due to a fraud is asked to contact Police at (519) 653-7700. Any general inquiries or questions regarding fraud prevention can be directed to the Fraud Branch by phone or emailing

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