The National Mass Marketing Fraud Strategy Working Group was established in Canada in 2005. A national strategy was developed in January 2006 by the Working Group to be revisited after three years. The 2006 strategy was based on four pillars — Vigorous Enforcement, Raised Awareness, Judicial Impact and Improved National Data.
In January 2009, the Working Group revisited the original strategy and made modifications based on previous achievements, existing gaps and the current state of fraud and identity-related crime. As a result, a new, revised, and more focused strategy based on three key pillars was developed. The strategy now is now centered and on a main Intelligence pillar. The Working Group determined that intelligence was essential to the success of the strategy and that intelligence would drive the direction of the other two pillars, those being Enforcement and Prosecution along with Prevention through Education and Awareness.
In Canada, identity-related crimes are an increasing challenge with detrimental consequences. Cooperation between law enforcement, the public and private sector partners and Canadian citizens is vital to effectively combat and prevent identity crimes. As a result, a shared framework for a national strategy, modeled on Canadian National Mass Marketing Fraud Strategy has been formulated by key stakeholder agencies.