Fraud Against Seniors
The ABC's of Fraud Program is a program that was designed and developed with Seniors in mind. Check it out!
When it comes to your money, be particularly alert. Fraud crimes are on the increase in our city, and it's up to all of us to be on the lookout for criminals and con games.
For your protection:
- Arrange for direct deposit of any cheques you may regularly receive by mail.
- Never provide personal information such as account or credit card numbers over the phone or computer.
- Give only to charities you know and trust.
- Never rush into something involving your money or property.
- Always check out offers with friends and family first.
- Always get a few estimates.
- Be wary of "something for nothing" or "get rich quick" schemes.
- Never turn over large sums of money to anybody, especially a stranger, no matter how promising the deal looks.
- If pressured by a salesperson, refuse to be bullied and say "No Thanks" - walk away, close the door, hang up the phone, etc. - It's Your Right!
- Do not hesitate to check the credentials of a salesperson or public official.
- Know that your signature is negotiable - only sign contracts or cheques after you've read them and you're certain it's for a legitimate reason.
- If in doubt, check with a friend, lawyer, accountant or the police.
- Report suspicious offers or activities to the police immediately.
What to do...
If you or a senior you know is a victim of crime - from a stolen purse to an assault - report it to the police immediately. If you suspect a fraud - again, report it to the police immediately. If possible write down any important information while it's still fresh in your memory. If you have any questions or concerns about safety or want to get actively involved in crime prevention, contact your local Community Police Centre. See the Red Pages in the Ottawa telephone for a full list of Ottawa Police services and contact information.
Useful Links for Seniors: