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August 22, 2012

Calgary Seniors Group Fights Back Against Elderly Fraud (CANADA)

By Lucas Meyer
 Aug 20, 2012
Seniors beware.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, those over the age of 60 account for 73% of those defrauded for more than $5,000.

That's why Calgary's Home Instead Senior Care is out with the Protect Seniors from Fraud kit, a guide for protection against scams and identifying potential threats.
  
The Director of Care at the franchise, Debbie Franchuk said according to Statistics Canada seven in 10 crimes against older Canadians go unreported.

"Our elderly don't want to look like they're not on top of things and so they'd have to then admit to their families that there's a problem, or something has happened," she said.

Franchuk added some of the most common types of scams against the elderly include telemarketing and donations to fake charities, among others.

"Identity theft is a huge thing, where they ask them to please verify the last three digits of their social insurance number," she said. "By invoking fear, these scammers take full advantage of the elderly."

She said an easy step seniors can take is let their families help them with their finances and documents and to report any suspected fraud calls to city police.

 SOURCE:      660 NEWS
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