Calgary Stampede prime stomping grounds for scammers

BBB warns citizens to protect their ID during Stampede
July 03, 2014

July 3, 2014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - While summer is a time for people to kick up their boots and wrangle in some western fun, it is also time for scammers to lasso unsuspecting carnival-goers out of their money and valuables, including their ID. As citizens from around the world gear up for the Calgary Stampede, BBB is warning citizens to protect their identity.

"It's easy for anyone to get caught up in the excitement and festivities of the Stampede," says Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. "But it's crucial to be mindful of your valuables and personal information because you don't know who is watching. Education and prevention are the best defense tools for any Stampede-goer."

BBB recommends the following tips for protecting your ID at the Calgary Stampede:

  • Only pack what you need.  Before heading out for some Stampede fun, determine what essentials you will need to take with you and leave the rest at home in a locked, secure location. That way, if your valuables are lost or stolen, you will still be able to prove your identity.
  • Don't rely on your pockets. If you plan to go on rides, storing your valuables in your pockets may not be the best idea. Cell phones, loose money and your ID could easily slip out of your pockets during the ride.
  • Watch for pickpockets. Crowded carnival grounds are also target areas for pickpockets who prey on those who seem unaware of their surroundings, or who appear disheveled and disorganized. Be sure to know where your belongings are at all times, pickpockets are watching!
  • Use a fanny-pack. Even though this bag isn't known for its stylish qualities, it is one of the most convenient. Most ride-operators will allow ride-goers to keep their fanny packs on during the ride, allowing people to monitor their belongings at all times.
  • Watch for counterfeit money. With money quickly exchanging hands on a regular basis, it can be easy to get stuck with fake funds. Learn the security features on the new polymer bank notes to spot the phony bills from the legitimate ones. 
  • Don't store valuables in lockers. Lockers are great for extra items that you do not need to carry with you throughout the day, but be sure to keep your ID, debit/credit cards, cash and other personal information on you at all times.
  • Use a buddy system. If you are using a purse, backpack or other kind of bag that isn't allowed to be worn while on rides, be sure to leave your bag with someone you trust rather than leaving it on the ground. Even bags left inside the secured ride areas are at risk of being stolen, lost or damaged.
  • Know where to go. If your information is lost or stolen, visit the police and lost and found sites.Calgary Police Services is located at the north end, lower level of the Big Four building. The Lost and Found is located at the Big Four building at the north end on the upper level.

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Leah Brownridge, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay
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