March is Fraud Prevention Month, and with reported cases of fraud going up, seniors are encouraged to increase their awareness of current scams and learn how they can protect themselves.
Every year, people of all ages, including youth and seniors, fall victim to fraud. In fact, 34% of Canadians reported being targeted by scammers in the past year. Fraudsters are increasingly using sophisticated methods for targeting their victims, and according to the government of B.C. website, between March 2020 and January, 2021 Canadians lost over $7M lost to fraud.
Learn About Different Types of Scams
The Competition Bureau of Canada recently published the second edition of The Little Black Book of Scams. It’s an entertaining and informative, easy-to-read publication that you can quickly scan for information. The publication is online and is available in eight different languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog.
Privacy Tips for Seniors
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commission for British Columbia, in partnership with the Office of the Seniors Advocate created Seniors privacy tips: Protect your personal Information. The brochure offers advice on how seniors can protect their personal information, prevent identity theft, stay safe online, and access their records held by private bodies.
Information Security for Seniors
An essential part of using technology is learning how to protect yourself online.
Understanding Elder Financial Abuse
Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada. Learn how to recognize, reject, and report elder financial abuse. This video features Pamela McDonald, Director of Communications and Education at the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), and Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate B.C.
Additional Fraud Prevention Resources
The B.C. government has a webpage devoted to fraud prevention resources. Some were mentioned above, but there are others you may be interested in reviewing.