Warning Signs & Tips For Caregivers

  
     
Every year, senior citizens are targeted by con artists. Many of these victims don’t ask for help until it is too late!
June 25, 2014

Warning Signs:

  1. The person receives lots of junk mail (“sweepstakes” offers, etc.) and gets frequent calls from people offering valuable awards or asking for charitable donations.
  2. The person has written cheques or made withdrawals for escalating amounts of money to unfamiliar, out-of-area companies.
  3. The person begins to act very secretively about phone calls.
  4. The person is having sudden problems paying bills or buying food or other necessities.

Tips:

  1. Emphasize the criminal nature of telemarketing fraud and help the person learn how to identify it.
  2. Encourage the person to hang up on telephone solicitations that seem suspicious.
  3. Have a calm discussion about the best way to handle the person’s finances in the future. If he or she seems to be truly incompetent, seek legal advice.
  4. Help the person change his or her phone number, if necessary, and get on the Do-Not-Call list at www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca.