FBI International Telemarketing
Fraud Victim Assistance: The Canadian Eagle Initiative
With OVC support, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) has assigned special agents to work directly with
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian prosecutors
in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto to advance interdiction
efforts against fraudulent, Canada-based telemarketers
who target victims in the United States. It is estimated
that 80 percent of victims of Canada-based telemarketing fraud are
U.S. citizens. The most vulnerable victims are the elderly, who may
lose savings accumulated over a lifetime and accumulate debt from
which they will never recover. Perpetrators of these fraudulent schemes
are known to circulate the names and personal information of "known"
victims. These victims, who have already displayed a willingness
to send money, are at a heightened risk for repeated victimization.
Since its inception in 1998, the initiative has been very successful.
The FBI has uncovered a number of telemarketing and other fraudulent
schemes and, in many cases, investigators have been able to return
the money victims lost. The FBI also notifies victims about their
rights and provides them with information about how to avoid fraudulent
schemes. Through the Canadian Eagle Initiative, the FBI strives to
provide appropriate services to victims of telemarketing fraud, to
reduce the number of persons revictimized, and to minimize the emotional
and financial trauma experienced by these individuals. For more information,
contact OVC's Federal Assistance Division and American Indian/Alaska
Natives at 202-307-5983.