Current Frauds and Trends Affecting Seniors
March is Fraud Prevention Month! EAPO, CNPEA and our partner the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hosted an informative educational event for seniors, caregivers, and those working with older adults about the latest Frauds and Scams targeting seniors and how individuals can play a role to help stop fraudsters. Through highlighting stories of people who have become victims of fraud and scams, participants were introduced to the different tactics and scams that older adults are falling prey to in Ontario.
Detective Constable John Armit of the Economic Crimes and Corruption Unit (ECCU – Ottawa), Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB), OPP along with OPP Constables Erin Fraser and Lisa Cruz from the Crime Prevention team at Ontario’s Serious Fraud Office shared prevention tips on how to recognize, reject and report fraud and provide participants with resources and supports.
Resources from Webinar
How to Report Fraud
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
If you suspect or are experiencing a fraud/scam, report it.
The public, organizations and businesses can sign up for bulletins, trends and media release from the CAFC. Simply send an email to get added on the list! [email protected]
File a complaint about false or misleading advertising
Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee – Guardianship Investigations Unit
Get Cyber Safe
Your online accounts hold a lot of personal data. Make sure that information stays safe with account security tips from Get Cyber Safe. https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/en/secure-your-accounts
Ontario Security Commission – to learn more about all things Crypto
Choosing a crypto exchange in Canada could be complicated. A crypto market showed positive signs in March 2023. If you’re looking to invest in crypto either for the first time or because you’re looking for a new exchange to use, then this site provides a list of the best cryptocurrency exchanges available for Canadians.
The major exchanges in Canada are 10 Best Crypto Exchanges in Canada in 2023 – OCryptoCanada
Equifax and TransUnion
Request from each agency a copy of your credit report and then review it carefully to see if a scammer opened any accounts or incurred debt in your name. Also ask to put an alert on your credit report in case future scam attempts are made under your name.
Equifax : 1-800-465-7166 or www.equifax.ca
TransUnion : 1-800-663-9980 or www.transunion.ca
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EAPO Fact Sheets
Protecting Each Other From Scams