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Common Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

In this age of technology and communication, there is more accessibility than ever for scammers to try and reach you. This article will provide some awareness on the variety of frauds and scams you may encounter, and how you can prevent them. 

To begin with, take any phone calls and emails you receive from unknown names and numbers with a grain of salt. Never give anyone your personal or financial details. Your bank, insurance provider, or any other official business you deal with will never contact you asking for that information. If you did not initiate contact, you cannot be certain with whom you are communicating.

Here is a list of the most common types of scams people try to pull on seniors.

  • COVID-19 scams and frauds
  • Grandparent / emergency scams
  • Romance scams
  • Extortion scams
  • Service scam
  • Internet scams
  • Money transfer requests
  • Charity scams
  • Prize scams
  • Investment scams
  • Medical scams
  • Identity crimes

The RCMP has an article delving into more detail concerning each and every one of these scam types along with other topics. If you are interested in learning more, give it a read at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/seniors-guidebook-safety-and-security

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