Criminal Intelligence Analysis

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on Mass Marketing Fraud (telemarketing), advanced-fee fraud letters (Nigerian letters), internet fraud and identity theft complaints from Canadian and American consumers and victims. We receive approximately 120,000 calls each year and 40,000 e-mail messages each month . The data collected by the CAFC is a valuable tool for evaluating the effects of various types of fraud on the public – it also helps prevent similar crimes from taking place in the future.

The CAFC cooperates with police forces around the globe. All data is first analyzed by the Criminal Intelligence Analysis Unit and, if necessary, is then disseminated to the appropriate law enforcement agencies or regulatory Canadian or American bodies. We advise our Canadian and American law enforcement partners of new trends and findings in fraud, identity crime and internet fraud. The Criminal Intelligence Analysis Unit is integrated with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Competition Bureau Canada and the RCMP. We work closely with the vast majority of law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies in Canada and the U.S. and with private corporations, financial institutions and internet service providers to detect and deter fraud and criminal operations in Canada.

The Criminal Intelligence Analysis Unit is responsible for collecting, collating, analyzing and disseminating information gathered by the CAFC’s Call Takers in order to prepare and publish intelligence briefs, statistical packages and complaint information for police forces of jurisdiction, and for existing partnerships and task forces in Canada and abroad. The mandate of the CAFC’s Criminal Intelligence Analysis Unit includes:

  • Reviewing information gathered by CAFC Anti-fraud specialists.
  • Preparing intelligence briefs and reports for the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Sections, the OPP’s Anti-Rackets Section and for American and international partners.
  • Disseminating intelligence reports to investigative field members (e.g. concerning new trends, suspects, locations, etc.)
  • Providing support to investigators and to existing fraud task forces.
  • Gathering intelligence through various sources developed by the CAFC’s Criminal Intelligence Analysis unit.