Fraud, elder abuse issues at forefront of Crime prevention week

Crime Prevention Week in Ontario takes place each year during the first full week of November.

With the recent increase in reports of telephone scams across the province, people can help protect themselves, their family, friends and neighbours:  take strict measures to keep personal information confidential and never share details like credit card, bank account numbers, or any other payment information over the phone or text; use caution when clicking on links sent to you via text when coming from unknown senders; have conversations with friends and family who are more vulnerable and possibly most at risk to fraud, such as elderly adults or teens; if a suspicious call is received, hang up right away and contact your local police to report it. You may also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre; don’t respond to text messages from numbers that are not complete cell phone numbers or without verifying who the sender is; don’t call a phone number texted to you from an unknown person; use caution on free offers or notifications of winning a prize. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Another safety concern is elder abuse.  Community Care is sponsoring an event entitled “ Turning Seniors Voices into Action to End Elder Abuse” on Tuesday, November 12th at the Wellington Town Hall.  We are encouraging seniors, family members, and the general public to join the conversation to end elder abuse.

At this session participants will learn about the different types of elder abuse and much more.  Resources will be available. The facilitators have developed an interactive and informative presentation that will take place from 1:30 to 4:00pm at the Wellington Town Hall which is located at 246 Main Street in Wellington.

The event is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be provided. Call Community Care for Seniors for more information and to register at 613-476-7493.

For more information on all of the services and programs offered by Community Care you’re welcome to stop in at 74A King Street in Picton, email info@communitycareforseniors.org , call us at 613-476-7493 or check out our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org.

We help seniors live at home.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes