FTC and Canadian Law Enforcement Authorities to Announce Crackdown on Credit Card "Protection" Fraud

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Media Advisory

On October 30, 2000 at 10:00 a.m., the Federal Trade Commission will hold a joint press conference with the Government of Ontario, Canada and Canadian law enforcement agencies in Toronto to announce the results of the largest international law enforcement sweep to date against telemarketers of so-called credit card protection programs. Called "Operation Protection Deception," the sweep highlights the coordinated work of the strategic partnership between U.S. and Canadian officials to identify, investigate and bring actions against cross-border telemarketing fraud operators. Also attending the conference will be a representative from Visa Canada to discuss the protections already afforded credit card users in that country, as well a Canadian consumer victim.



C. Steven Baker, Director
FTC Midwest Region
Chicago, Illinois

Bob Runciman, Minister
Consumer and Commercial Relations
Government of Ontario, Canada

Canadian Law Enforcement Officials (local and national)

Canadian Consumer Victim

Al Finn, Director of Security
Visa Canada


Government of Ontario
Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations
Minister's Boardroom
250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor
Toronto, Canada


October 30, 2000, 10:00 a.m.
(room to open at 9:30 a.m. for camera set-up)

Press Contacts:

Mitchell Katz
FTC Office of Public Affairs
(202) 326-2161

Lisa Elliott
Communications Branch
Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations

Government of Ontario
(416) 326-8539

Staff Contact:

Jennifer Larabee (General Inquiries)
FTC Western Region - Los Angeles

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