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In collaboration with Sûreté du Québec, Réseau FADOQ is warning seniors about various types of scams in Quebec.
The “grandparent” scam is back with a vengeance. Fraudsters try to get money from seniors by pretending to be a family member in need.
In another common scam, seniors receive a call from bogus financial institution representatives claiming their cards have been defrauded.
To nip these fraud attempts in the bud, be vigilant and know how to respond:
Are you being asked to confirm or provide your personal and banking information?
Does your call display show an “official phone number?”
Are you being asked to put your cards and PINs in an envelope?
Is a so-called family member (e.g., grandson, niece) in distress (e.g., car accident, in police custody, in the hospital) on the line, claiming to be in urgent need of money?
Resources for reporting fraud or getting help
Sûreté du Québec
310-4141 or *4141 (for cell phones)
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
1 888 495-8501
For more info
Senior-Aware is a program intended to raise awareness about fraud, mistreatment and bullying towards seniors. Since the onset of the program in 2010, more than 50,000 people have attended the information sessions. The distinctiveness of these sessions is their unique form of animation, which combines the knowledge of a professional and the experience of a facilitator aged 50 or more.