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Empowering Seniors – Fraud & Elder Abuse Awareness Information Session

On Wednesday, May 25, we welcomed a group of seniors from the Buckingham area to an Information Session on Fraud, Scams and Elder Abuse co-hosted by the Centre Action Générations des Aînés and the Papineau Health and Social Services Network (PHSSN).

The guest speaker, Stéphanie Stuart, a police officer from the Gatineau Police Department, spoke about how we could protect ourselves from fraud and what we could do if we suspected foul play.

The participants thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, as well as the videos that were shared at the end of the session. They also had the opportunity to ask questions about fraud, in particular online and email frauds, and even learned how quickly one could access their profile on Facebook and use this information to extract data and actually find the geographical location of where pictures were taken.

We would like to thank Julie Mercier from the Centre Action Générations des Aînés, as well as Linda Cameron, Diane Cameron and Shirley Plouffe from the PHSSN for organizing this event in their continued efforts to support and inform residents of Buckingham and surrounding areas.

The following were some of the shared resources:

Financial Scams & Frauds

PDF, Fraud in 3D

According to the Canadian Department of Justice, over 10% of Canadian seniors are victims of consumer fraud each year and seniors continue to be a rapidly increasing segment of the population targeted by fraudsters and scammers.  Examples of financial fraud include identity theft, credit or debit card fraud, prize scams (such as a fake contest offering a c-ruise as a prize), fake charities collecting donations for organizations that do not really exist and requests for money transfers.

Related Resources:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre of the RCMP
1-888-495-8501
Identity Theft and Identity Fraud Victim Assistance Guide

PhoneBusters (The Canadian Anti-fraud Call Center).
1 888 495-8501
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Office de la protection du consommateur
1-888-672-2556
Office de la protection du consommateur

Sûreté du Québec
819-770-9111, 310-4141 or *4141 (from a cell phone)
Sûreté du Québec

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Seniors and Financial Fraud
Seniors: A Short Guide

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is real and it happens to many seniors.  It includes psychological or physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial or property abuse, negligence and violation of human rights.  And elder abuse is not always perpetrated by strangers. Over 90% of all reported abuse of seniors is committed by someone in their own family. Shockingly, financial abuse such as depleting joint checking accounts, promising but not delivering care in exchange for money or property, and even outright theft is most often committed by someone known by the senior. And it’s not just wealthy seniors who are at risk. Low income older adults are commonly targeted as well.

Related Resources:

Elder Abuse Help Line
Free, anonymous and confidential service
1-888-489-2287

Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Sûreté du Québec
819-770-9111, 310-4141 or *4141 (from a cell phone)
Sûreté du Québec

S.O.S. Violence conjugale
1-800-363-9010
www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca

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Protecting Seniors from Exploitation and Abuse
Seniors: A Short Guide