An Overview of International Cyber-Security Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives (2011)

Canada – Campaign 1 – Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT)

This site focuses on mass marketing fraud. ‘The COLT mission is threefold: offer prevention and education programs, carry out interception operations and conduct mass marketing fraud investigations.’ The education component includes general information about mass-market fraud, and information aimed at potential telemarketing employees. The latter material on the website was accompanied with a handout of flyers to students. Mass-market fraud investigations and education topics look at media including phones, mobile phones and Internet (including chat rooms, e-mails, payment system) as well more traditional postal methods, classifieds, fraudulent, lottery scams and prior frauds.




Campaign Name:

COLT (Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud)


The Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT), a joint operation involving a range of Canadian and US law enforcement and regulatory agencies

Main URL:


1998 to present


Not disclosed.

Topics covered:

Mass marketing fraud (telemarketing via phone, mobile phone, post and Internet)

Target Audience:

Consumers and potential employees (students)


Education of consumers and those likely to become victims.

– Some general information on mass market scams with general advice on how to avoid becoming a victim

– Public advertisement campaign through advertisements and flyers handed out to students (potential telemarketing employees) warning of the dangers of working for fraudulent businesses


Not found

Additional Information:

In 1998, the RCMP Commercial Crime Section in Montreal launched an integrated project to combat mass marketing fraud. The Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT) is a joint forces operation involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Sûreté du Québec (SQ), City of Montréal Police Service (SPVM), Competition Bureau, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), US Postal Inspection Service and US Federal Trade Commission. The COLT team also works in close cooperation with Canada Post, Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre (PhoneBusters).

The COLT team is tasked with investigating mass marketing fraud operations based in the greater Montreal area. Through prevention and education programs, it also aims to be proactive in putting an end to fraudulent activities and raising public awareness about this type of crime.


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