Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Final thoughts how to protect yourself against scams Elder Abuse

• Older adults often don’t report frauds and scams because they 
• Don’t know who to call
• Don’t think anyone can help
• May not realize it was a scam or a fraud
• Shame

Here are the suggested steps about how to report frauds and scams as outlined on
the RCMP website. Reporting Frauds & Scams
• If you are a victim of fraud and it is not identity theft, contact the Police in your
area (but NOT 911). 
• If you are a victim of fraud and it is identify theft, go to the RCMP website
(www.rcmp-grc-gc.ca) and click on Scams and Frauds for more information.
• If you simply wish to report a fraud, contact the appropriate organization and
also the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at info@antifraudcentre.ca or

1: Fraud is the number one crime against older adults. Some Canadian older adults spend their days at home and are lonely, vulnerable and trusting. Plus, they are perceived to have money. This makes them very good targets for frauds and scams. However, fraud does not discriminate based on age. Anyone could become a victim

2: Con artists do not just target people with lots of money to loseCon artists don’t care how much money you have; they just want it. If they can get $100 from 100 people, that is $10,000. Not bad for a day or two of work! Billions of dollars are lost every year to frauds and scams.

3.  Always be cautious about websites you do not know. If you think that you should only do business over the internet if the website looks professional and includes contact information you are wrong. Anyone can create a website and load it onto the internet. There are programs to help people do this and the costs to do so are very small. Websites are like the windows of a store. Fraud artists want to lure you in to cancel it. to buy something or give them information..

4: The first thing to do if you think your credit card has been compromised is to cancel it. As soon as you realize your card is lost or stolen, or that your credit card information may have been used, contact your financial institution to report the loss, cancel the card and get a new one. Be sure that mail coming to your house is secure. A thief could be watching your mail in the hopes of stealing your new credit card.

5: The worst place to keep your personal identification documents (Social Insurance Number, passport, birth certificate or citizenship papers) is in your walletDo not carry your personal identification documents such as your SIN, passport or birth certificate unless you need them. Always keep them under lock and key at home. If you do need to take them with you, leave a photocopy at home. A thief who takes your wallet may use your personal documents.


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